Allotments open day

John Howie celebrates the �10,000 Lottery grant for the Bannerfield Horticultural Allotments Association.
John Howie celebrates the �10,000 Lottery grant for the Bannerfield Horticultural Allotments Association.

THE first allotments in Selkirk for over two decades will be officially opened on Saturday.

The inauguration will be carried out by local demolition contractor Alan Beattie who helped the Bannerfield Horticultural and Allotment Association clear trees from the overgrown site near the town’s Philiphaugh Community School.

The project has been two years reaching fruition following the gift of the land by local resident Tony Jackson.

Since then, the association has received £9,900 from the National Lottery’s Awards for All, £2,500 from the community grants scheme of Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and £200 from Selkirk’s Common Good fund. The money has allowed the site to be fenced, a large communal shed to be erected and pathways completed.

An open day will mark Saturday’s launch with refreshments available from noon till 2pm. Among those invited to attend are Selkirk’s three representatives on SBC and the council’s parks and open spaces manager Jason Hedley who has supported the progress of the scheme.

There are 15 plots, which are rented out at £15 a year, with some split in two at half the rent.

Enquiries from potential allotment holders should be directed at association chairman John Howie on 01750 722823.