Saturday, 26 February 2011
Allotment Month by Month, Alan Buckingham
The Complete Gardener, Monty Don
Gardening from Berryfields, Monty Don
A Garden of Herbs, Agnes Walker
Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit, Matthewy Biggs, Jekka MacVicar and Bob Flowerdew
The Garden Expert series by Dr D.G. Hessayon
Grow your own
Friday, 18 February 2011
Minutes for the Mill Road Meeting held on
The chairman Dick welcomes everyone to the meeting and sends apologises from Jason, Bill and Dawn, Maureen, Janice, Samantha and Des.
Work has started at
Scott Macrae offered a really good deal on sheds that he has negotiated with a contact he has with homebase. We have emailed all tenants to see if they wish to take up the offer as the more sheds we order the better the price for everyone. We might be able to get tools at a good rate also so will maybe discuss everyone’s needs at the next meeting so we can look into this.
We also asked plot holders to consider toilet arrangements and if need be we can either fundraise or apply for funding for a composting toilet. Please can
We are trying to organise a trip to the Black Isle on the 6th March for Tattie day. Full details on the website.
We are going to contact Gordons sawmill with regards to wood for our raised beds. The committee will speak to Ali Isles with regards to ordering the poly tunnel for the site.
Can all plot holders please have a think about what training needs they would require and come up with some ideas for us to pursue please.
Dick has ordered the noticeboards for the site and the logos are ready too.
The press release has already appeared in the Nairnshire.
The committee will contact everyone in due course for the marking of paths and plots.
The meeting closed at .
The date of the next meeting is Wednesday the 16th March in Waverley Hotel at 7.30.
Scott Macrae has a contact with Homebase in
We could also get a great deal on tools so if anyone wishes tools can they let us know at the next meeting what they require and we will get prices for them.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
It will be held on Sunday 6th March from 1pm to 4pm at:
"We're planning to have 50+ varieties of seed potatoes, jerusalem artichokes, seed and plant swaps, a TBI stand... and anything else we or you can think of that is related. If you want a stand you can have it free. We plan to have teas / refreshments etc. Will be providing info on potato varieties, growing potatoes, might even manage a talk or two but no promise on that."
Contact here for further information
Sunday, 6 February 2011
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
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.”
For further information please refer to:
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Update: A couple of pictures available now here on this flickr page