Paving the way for community gardens

A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Kirriemuir next month to pave the way for two exciting community gardens which the organisers hope will improve the health of local residents.

The idea of strolling through gardens, the physical actions used in gardening and the therapeutic effect it can have on your health are all things which the Kirriemuir Rotary led community garden projects can do for the public.

Rotarian Keith Hopkins said: “The larger garden, being next to the Health Centre in Kirriemuir, will be a great asset for the health of our community.

“We are looking for people of all ages who have a keen interest in gardening to come along to a public meeting in the Lesser Town Hall on Thursday, November 8, at 7.30 p.m.

“Whether they enjoy getting involved with shrubs, trees, perennials, annuals, vegetables or fruit we would like to meet them at the meeting.

“Anyone interested in gardening and horticulture is encouraged to come along to find out more.

“We need their input into what type of garden we can help provide. They will help shape the garden so that we provide what people want.

“It must be sustainable going forward and we want to get it into a shape and condition, properly planted, where others can take it over and run it themselves.”

The other garden, at Rosefield Gardens in the town, will be more of a place to rest and enjoy the surroundings.

Being smaller it will be low maintenance.

Again people are needed to take an interest in this one also. Anyone wanting to know more should contact Keith Hopkins 0771 505 2718 or go along to the meeting which starts at 7.30 p.m.

The community gardens are being set up to help mark the Rotary Club of Kirriemuir’s 50th anniversary.

With the help of Angus Council and the Kirriemuir Health Centre, the two sites have been identified within the town for the development in the community gardens.

The larger site next to the health centre consists of approximately half an acre of ground which extends down to the Gairie Burn. The second site is a walled piece of land behind Lyall Court opposite the library.