Blane Valley Allotments will continue to grow

Blane Valley Allotments Association opening.'Sir Archie Edmonstone and his wife Lady Juliet cut ribbon.'Pic by Alan Murray  02-06-12
Blane Valley Allotments Association opening.'Sir Archie Edmonstone and his wife Lady Juliet cut ribbon.'Pic by Alan Murray 02-06-12

SIR Archie and Lady Julia Edmonstone performed the official opening of Blane Valley Allotments in Strathblane on Saturday.

Lord and Lady Edmonstone own Duntreath Castle and Estates in Blanefield and generously leased the plot of land for the allotments - which is half a mile along the disused railway track.

The Strathendrick Pipe Band marched their way to the site for the opening, followed by a large crowd of supporters.

Sir Archie and Lady Julia cut the ribbon before everyone was invited to have a look around at the work that has been taking place on site.

Lady Julia presented a book with seasonal guidance to life in the allotments to Margaret Meager, chair of the Blane Valley Allotments Association (BVAA), which charts and advises on the activities in an allotment through the seasons.

Sir Archie unveiled an engraved wooden site sign created by Paul Cookson and Joyce McFarlane.

The site consists of 30 plots, of various sizes, all of which have now been allocated to people.

There are six raised beds, some of which will be used by the children of Strathblane Primary School, who will also be working to create a greenhouse from empty plastic drinks bottles. There are plans for a community garden with training days organised for later in the year.

The BVAA committee has been working over the last three years to secure allotments in Strathblane and they recruited Louise McAllister, from Green Aspirations Scotland, as project manager, to identify the right location, obtain funding (through the Climate Challenge Fund and LEADER) and engage with the contractors.

Both Louise and Paul can be found at www.greenaspirationsscotland.co.uk.

If you would like details on the BVAAA or would like to be added to the waiting list, contact the committee at www.allotments@strathblanefield.org.uk.

GIFT OF READING . . . chair of the Blane Valley Allotments Association, Margaret Meager (left) accepts a book from Lady Julia Edmonstone, with Louise McAllister from Green Aspirations Scotland in the background. (Ref: m20891c)

OFFICIAL OPENING . . . Lord and Lady Edmonstone cut the ribbon at the offical opening of Blane Valley Allotments. (Ref: m20891b)