Community growing space looking for volunteers

THIS week is National Gardening Week, running from April 16 to 22, and a new “green fingered” community group is growing in Inverurie and looking for new members to get involved and create a space to both feed and entertain people.

Inverurie Health Improvement Group is made up of representatives from the council, NHS Grampian, local voluntary sector, support groups and organisations in the area.

The group plans to create a ‘Community Growing Space’ using ground at Inverurie Hospital and Aberdeenshire Council’s Harlaw Road Day Centre.

The growing space aims to not only create a community asset but also provide some of the produce to be used by people attending healthy eating and cooking skills sessions at the Garioch Community Kitchen.

Community planning officer Jill Sowden said: “Community growing spaces are becoming increasingly popular across the country as a means of not only producing healthy food but also of bringing communities together.

“They create and encourage social inclusion as everyone works together on one plot rather than the individual plots associated with traditional allotments.

“The spaces also provide an opportunity for people to have a go at ‘growing their own’ and learn from others before taking on the commitment of an individual allotment.

“If you are interested in working with others in and around Inverurie to develop community spaces for growing herbs, fruit and vegetables or have experience of gardening to pass on to others then the Inverurie Health Improvement Group is keen to hear from you.”

For more information contact community planning officer Jill Sowden on (01467) 628338 or at jill.sowden@aberdeenshire.gov.uk