Kirriemuir community allotment plan takes root

Members of the allotment association are delighted to have signed their lease.
Members of the allotment association are delighted to have signed their lease.

Kirriemuir gardeners will soon be able to sample ‘The Good Life’ for themselves with a new community allotment in the town.

The Kirriemuir Community Allotment Association recently signed a lease with Angus Council, after more than two years of meetings and negotiations with the authority, and the allotment is now being developed.

Its aim is to provide land for local families, individuals and groups to grow their own fruit and vegetables. There is an increasing demand for organic, own-grown fresh food and locally-based allotments have provided families with seasonal vegetables and fruit for many decades.

Standard or small plots, or a raised beds, can be requested by completing a form. There will be a nominal lifetime membership fee dependent on plot size and an annual fee for the use of an allotment which includes insurance.

A spokeswoman for the group said: “We would like to thank Angus Council Community Grant Scheme which has awarded a grant for start-up costs and we are currently awaiting confirmation for lottery funding from Awards for All regarding an application for fencing etc.”

The association will have a fund-raising stall at the Kirriemuir Christmas Market on Saturday, November 29 and items for sale can be donated by handing them in to Random Recycle, 3 High Street, Kirriemuir; e-mailing kirriemuirallotment@outlook.com or contacting the group’s Facebook page.