Villagers dig in at Tarland community garden project


A Deeside community garden project started earlier in the year has turned out bloomin’ marvellous for keen villagers in Tarland.

Back in March, the Piper reported on the start-up of the shared village allotment and residents have been mucking in to get the project ready.

The aim of the project was to establish a community garden accessible to all for local vegetable and fruit production in the village.

With permission from The MacRobert Trust, Tarland Development Group created the village plot on the allotment site at the proposed Village Farm housing development.

Although nothing has yet been planted, it is hoped green shoots will be seen before too long.

On Saturday, May 25, a site tour for members of the project was arranged so that they could view progress.

Dobbies garden centre donated some tools to the green-fingered enthusiasts.

The garden still has space for new members, but there are only 8 raised beds left to rent inside the polytunnel.

There is also now a Natsol composting toilet on site, and construction has begun on the polytunnel.

Kate Redpath of Tarland Development Group said: “The project is really coming together now and is proving to be of big interest to the community here.

“It really has appealed to a big range of people, we had an 81-year-old side by side with a toddler, both working away.”