The Mill Road Allotments – A new site for Nairn
Funding of £39,000 has been secured to provide a new community allotment site in the centre of Nairn at Mill Road beside the River Nairn
Matched funding has been provided by the Highland Leadear 2007-2013 Programme which is part of the wider Scottish Rural Development Programme, The Highland Council’s Nairn Discretionary Fund and the Nairn Allotment Society.
The site has good soil type and was formally the original Nairn allotment site and plant nursery for the Royal Burgh of Nairn. It lies to the south of the old Nairn Parish Church and graveyard.
The New allotment area will provide 30 plots, a shared poly tunnel and a shared meeting room/equipment store. There will be a number of raised beds for disabled gardeners and the entire site will be wheelchair accessible. An access road off Mill Road will allow disabled drivers to park in a small car park central to the site.
Work will commence on the site as soon as possible to clear scrub, rough tussock grassland and root systems. Soil will be cultivated to create a manageable and plantable medium. A network of paths will be formed to give access to plots and all facilities. These will include a wetland area and other environmental areas planted with attractive shrubs and bulbs.
The site will be managed by the Nairn Allotment Society on a 21 year lease from the Highland Council. The Society maintains the Statutory Tenants’ List and Waiting List for plots. Work to form the site will be completed by the end of March, and plots have already been allocated to those on the Waiting List for planting at the beginning of the 2011 growing season.
The Society is grateful for the support given to this valuable Community Project by the four Nairn Ward Councillors, by officials of the the Highland Council and Leader Programme, by Nairn Community Councils, by the Nairn Business Community and by the Nairn public.
Johan A Mackie, Chairman of Nairn LAP has added the following comments: -
“We were happy to support the Mill Road Allotments project as it provides people with an opportunity to grow fresh produce for themselves and their families, to get fresh air and exercise and to socialise with like minded people. Many of those taking up the allotments have been on a waiting list for years.”.
“It also makes good use of this ground which would otherwise lie derelict or would be built upon, taking away more open space.”
“We wish them and the new allotment holders many years of successful digging and growth in the future.”
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