Allotment project brings in the greens

Fidelma O'Dowda-Cook and Neil Wallace from Kirriemuir Community Allotment Association receive their cheque from Brett Hampton (centre).

Fidelma O'Dowda-Cook and Neil Wallace from Kirriemuir Community Allotment Association receive their cheque from Brett Hampton (centre).

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The Kirriemuir Community Allotment Association is the recipient of this month’s Forfar Roof Truss Company sponsorship cheque.

Set up two years ago to revive a derelict former allotment site in the town, the group wants to bring it back into community use to raise awareness of the benefits of growing fresh produce locally.

Secretary Fidelma O’Dowda-Cook said that the allotment is the only community growing space in Kirriemuir.

She continued: “Our intention is to provide a shared community setting where adults and young people can gain a better understanding of how using sustainable methods can reduce their carbon footprint. We would hope that through the example of the KCAA, more local community groups and individuals will want to grow their own food.”

Fidelma added that while the group has received funding for fencing, it is now trying to raise money for other start-up costs.

She said: “Our income from plots was to go towards paying for this but, we can only let out a few plots this year, which leaves us with a start-up shortfall.”

If your group or organisation feels it could benefit, submit an application in writing to the ‘Forfar Roof Truss Company Sponsorship Project’, c/o Angus County Press limited, 117-119 Castle Street, Forfar, DD8 3AH, by the last day of any given month.

Please include details (no more than 300 words), providing relevant background information on you or the organisation you represent and how the £250 could be used. Repeat applications will be accepted although successful applicants will not be reconsidered during the remainder of the year. Please include a contact telephone number.