Grants help fence in allotments

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TWEEDBANK allotments are set to bloom this spring thanks to cash from Awards for All and the Landfill Communities Fund.

The Tweedbank Allotments Society plans to spend the Lottery money on finishing fencing at the community’s allotment site in Essenside Drive.

The landfill grant will go to communal ground works, for local organisations to have a plot or a raised bed.

Society treasurer Mike Clayton said: “This is great news. With this money we can really get moving to have the plots ready to go for the coming growing season.

“With such an open site it would not be possible to start this enterprise without the ‘Awards for All’ grant and the Landfill Communities Funding has allowed us to approach organisations to get involved in the project.

“Allotment holders are getting itchy feet to get boots on the soil and start planting for the summer’.

The society started as an offshoot of Tweedbank Community Council.

An initial site at Killie Holes was rejected because of a lack of soil before enthusiasts settled on the area between Essenside Drive, an electricity substation and the restored railway.

The society obtained an earlier Landfill Communities Fund grant for sheds, paths, hard standing and water collection.

Most of the groundwork has been done with help from the Restorative Justice team. And the society says there is already a short waiting list for plots.