Forfar Open Garden, an exciting new community project to develop a therapeutic garden on Lochside Road, Forfar will be opened this Saturday (March 19) by Jim McColl, the well-known presenter of ‘The Beechgrove Garden’.
The garden, which has been developed by a dedicated team of volunteers over the past year from its original overgrown state, has been designed to be accessible and welcoming to all.
The idea for the garden came from friends, caring for a husband with dementia and a child disabled in an accident, who learned first-hand the difficulties of being able to get out of the house to meet others informally.
They envisaged a garden that would be able to provide enjoyment to both carers and people with physical or mental health problems whatever their level of ability. Accordingly the garden layout has been designed to encourage and facilitate access and it is hoped it will become a much visited and used space.
Gardening and visiting gardens has been shown to have many health benefits, both physical and mental, and Forfar Open Garden is intended to be used by interested individuals and local groups who wish to get their hands dirty, learn new skills, meet other people or just sit to enjoy the ever changing garden and enjoy a cup of tea in the purpose built meeting space.
In time the garden organisers would also like to be able to run courses and use the garden as a means of demonstrating gardening skills.
The initial development of the garden would not have been possible without the donation of time and goods by local people and businesses and the open day is a chance for the community to offer their thanks to the many donors as well as an opportunity for interested people to visit and see the garden for themselves.
The plot of land on which the garden has been developed has an interesting history itself as it was originally the site of a brewery and retains its original well. It was also used for many years as a market garden before being abandoned and becoming overgrown.
The garden will be open on Saturday from 2pm–4pm with the official opening by Jim McColl at approximately 2.30pm. All are welcome to join the garden committee and volunteers for refreshments and a tour of the garden.