Nairn Allotment Society was formed in September 2005 after concern shown by some allotment holders that their plots were included in the map of the area to be developed on Sandown Lands on the western edge of Nairn. The meeting held on the 31st August 2005 to form the Society was reported on the Gurn from Nurn website and gives an insight into the situation at the time.
After a campaign by the Nairn Allotment Society the Nairnshire area committee of Highland Council meeting on the 19th of September 2006 agreed in principle to enter into a management agreement with the society and a copy of the report presented to the area manager can be seen here. The Society had to wait until March 2007 before that agreement would become a reality. From that time the society has moved forward with the five year management plan and with the experience gained has now applied and succeeded in obtaining Leader funding for the establishment of 30 plots of various sizes at the derelict Mill Road site. Work will begin in 2011.
The Society also manages two small plots at a site off the High Street and is proactive in insisting that all new housing developments in the Nairnshire area are provided with allotments. The Society is committed to working with other community groups to promote an interest in growing fruit and vegetables and to enable access to allotment activities via such groups as the Nairn Leisure Link scheme. Here’s a link to a factsheet from a programme made by the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden in 2007 at the Sandown Road site.