‘GROW Local’ was the message from the Blane Valley Allotment Group on Saturday when they held an event in Strathblane Primary School to encourage people to buy from local producers.
Organised to promote locally grown fruit and vegetables, meat, home baking and crafts, everyone had great fun on the day including children who got the chance to take part in fun creative activities.
Adults were entertained as well by live music, Fairtrade teas and coffee and home baking.
They were also invited to complete a survey on local food growing which was then entered into a prize raffle to win a hamper from Ardunan Farm.
The survey produced very positive results with 84 per cent of people polled actively supporting allotments in the Blane Valley and 91 per cent saying they would like to attend future events.
Thirty per cent of people wanted to have an allotment.
There will a further ‘open surgery’ to tackle any issues that may arise as the group are determined to ensure the allotments contribute positively to the village.
Once a suitable site has been identified, the group will proceed with landowner agreements and planning permission.
There will be garden skills workshops, guest speakers and more events to come that will involve the whole community.
While the group are becoming constituted, Mike McNulty is standing in as chair.
He said: “We are wholly committed to creating a sympathetic, safe, healthy and attractive allotment site for our villages.
“Our event is to celebrate the real benefits and enjoyment of growing your own fruit and vegetables.
“Thank you for the encouragement we have received from our supporters and from our funders.”