Community allotment set to grow

Community allotment set to grow Image

A community garden could be blooming in the Stobswell area of Dundee on a piece of currently unused land. 

The city council’s neighbourhood services committee will hear of plans to establish a community allotment project at a gap site on Robertson Street. 

Local consultation has been carried in collaboration with the Stobswell Forum to gauge interest. One World Centre, Boomerang, the Maryfield Men’s Shed, Taybank Medical Centre and The Prince’s Trust have said they all wish to be actively involved. 

The project could cost around £60,000 to get off the ground, if the councillors  approve a tender at a meeting on Monday November 14. 

Depute neighbourhood services convener Councillor Vari McDonald said: “Over the past few years we have seen the growth of community projects like these in regeneration areas including Lochee, Ardler and Douglas. 

“I am pleased that people in Stobswell could enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of growing vegetables, fruit and flowers in what is a densely populated urban area. 

“This is yet another way that we are responding to the recommendations of the Fairness Commission and helping people in their own communities.” 

Councillor McDonald added: “There has been a lot of enthusiasm shown locally for this proposal and I am sure this will grow as the project takes shape.” 

The design of the garden takes into account the southerly aspect, steep incline and the current access route across the site and has been generated with community collaboration.

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