Green fingers required at allotment

Community Woodland officer Lewis Swales (right) and assistant Declan Thorne get hands on with a rotovator at the allotment
Community Woodland officer Lewis Swales (right) and assistant Declan Thorne get hands on with a rotovator at the allotment

A community initiative to offer local people a spot of healthy outdoor gardening activity is being expanded in Peterhead.

The Here For You Partnership has joined forces with the Peterhead Social Work team to regenerate an existing plot at the town’s Dales Park allotments.

For several years the Social Work team has found gardening provides a great source of wellbeing activity for clients.

Now, to help develop the plot and offer others the chance to benefit from this pursuit, the Here For You Partnership through Peterhead Projects is helping to co-ordinate other individuals and community groups working and supporting the allotment.

Peterhead Projects is investing the generous £200 donation it recently received from ASDA’s Community Life initiative to purchase seeds, plants and materials.

Elizabeth Richards of the local Social Work department said: “We attend the allotment for a few hours each week dependent on our clients’ requirements and it will be great to see other people benefit from coming up throughout the week to get a hands-on experience of gardening.”

Whether volunteers wish to spend a morning, afternoon or just an hour or two at the allotment, there will be a range of activities to get involved in including planting, weeding and general tidying and maintenance - to ensure that maximum benefit is achieved by the users themselves.

If you know anyone that would like to get involved, call 01779 478950 or email hereforyou@peterheadprojects.co.uk.

The Here For You Partnership is a joint social regeneration initiative between Peterhead Projects Limited and Fraserburgh Development Trust which is funded through Fairer Scotland until March 2016.