TV presenter opens Aden Allotments

BBC TV presenter Jim McCall was on hand to officially mark the opening of the Aden Allotments on Saturday, June 21.

The Beechgrove Garden star helped to unveil a plaque and plant a tree to mark the special day.

Councillor Anne Allan, Eilidh Whiteford MP, Jim McCall, councillor Norman Smith and Leigh Minion of ACAA

Councillor Anne Allan, Eilidh Whiteford MP, Jim McCall, councillor Norman Smith and Leigh Minion of ACAA

Around 150 people went along to the opening event where they could take a walk around the site and admire the work already done by allotment owners.

The allotments appeared on Beechgrove Gardens earlier this year and its progress will continue to be followed by the BBC programme.

The sun made an appearance throughout the day but the first attempt to unveil the new plaque was delayed after a sudden downpour.

Chair of ACAA, Leigh Minion said: “We are absolutely delighted that Jim McCall and our other special guests came along to officially open the allotments and celebrate what we have achieved both locally and environmentally.

The Aden Allotments

The Aden Allotments

“We would also like to thank Paula for making all of our refreshments, it has been very much appreciated.”

The Aden Community Allotments Association (ACAA), formed in September 2012, acquired the ground at Aden Country Park last July and work has been ongoing since.

The group received just over £77,000 of funding from the Climate Challenge Fund in February last year.

The Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) is a Scottish Government programme, managed and developed by Keep Scotland Beautiful and provides funding for community groups to tackle climate change.

There are currently 51 allotments with a possibility of expansion in the future.

Councillor Norman Smith went along to the opening event and said: “I think it is a great addition to the facilities we already have at Aden Country Park, and it is amazing the stage they are at and how this has happened in such a short time.”

Fellow councillor Jim Ingram was there too and said: “I am quite impressed with the bedding in the first year, it is working well, the plants are in excellent condition and they are a credit to the people here.

“My wife calls me a failed gardener, but she never remembers the things I successfully managed to grow!”