The Formartine Partnership is involved in several projects that give rural communities the opportunity to get involved with the heritage and sustainable development of their area.
One of those projects is a Community Garden at Methlick, which is being developed in partnership with the Formartine Partnership, the Resource Centre, in Ellon, and Community Groups in the Methlick area.
To support a growing interest in Community Gardens in Formartine , a Community Garden Partnership was formed in July 2004, and tasked with the job of finding a suitable site for the first project.
The search ended in February 2005 when Haddo Estate and Gleesons, offered the use of the old Haddo Quarry.
In March 2005, Gleeson's who had been working on a new wastewater facility for Methlick, prepared the site, along with help from Scottish Water, by adding raised beds, composting facilities, parking and storage space.
Also in March 2005, an application was submitted to Fresh Futures, in the hope of raising funding to help support the project.
Funding was awarded to the Partnership in June 2005 and volunteers have started working to develop the garden for the community.
Clients from Ellon Resource Centre are already making use of the facility, and planting is underway in the raised beds.
What happens next?
New beds will be developed and poly tunnels will be introduced.
The banks will be planted up and hedges will be grown as screening.
Preparations will get underway for next year, when it is hoped that flowers, berries and herbs, grown on the site, will be available for sale to the local community.
A series of training sessions will be offered by the S.A.C. on a variety of subjects including bio-diversity, composting and renewable energy uses, to users of the garden. However Bob Davis initiated the first training session in November.
Volunteers from the Methlick community garden project recently attended and participated in a training session given by Bob Davis the local bio-diversity officer for the Formartine Area.
The training session was held in November at the Kirk Centre in Ellon and was attended by garden volunteers from the Ellon Resource Centre and members of the Pitcaple garden project.
Bob gave a very informative and enlightening session on hedging, advising the group of the benefits of using native tree’s to form hedges, e.g. while a non-native Sycamore tree can support 30 insect species, a native Oak tree can support 300 species!
Bob also presented the group with as series of ‘Creative Conservation’ booklets which he has written for the garden library. The training sessions are set to continue in the New Year.
Bob Davis, informing the trainee’s about how to care for saplings
If you would like to know more about the garden or would like to be involved with the project, please contact the Formartine Partnership Office.
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