We want the Kirriemuir Community Garden to be a place where everyone feels welcome and valued. The garden has a number of functions: we are sharing skills, getting out and working as part of a team in the fresh air, and making food grown in the heart of Kirrie available to everyone. Our aim is to provide a space where our local community can explore new ideas, learn traditional techniques, share skills, and have a good day out, whilst doing something worthwhile.
The field is almost one acre in size. There is still a lot of work to do but we are making such good progress with an attractive entrance, herb beds and a herbaceous border being developed on the approach to the field, and structured rows of fruit and vegetables taking shape across the field. The field is surrounded by hedgerow and mature trees and we are developing wildlife areas which are pollinator-friendly and provide a range of habitats for amphibians, small mammals, and more. We have a bushcraft zone, where exciting classes will be held in the open air, using local materials where possible.
What else is planned for the field?
The path to the field is a wee bit steep so we have plans for a mobility access area on the more level area near the entrance. Our potting shed is down near the entrance and will also act as the reception and farm shop when we have produce ready for sale. Produce will also be available to buy from our local zero waste Community Interest Company (CIC), ‘A Longer Table’ on the High Street. An important part of what we are doing is making good food available to everyone. Once the food, flowers, and herbs are ready to be picked, anyone volunteering will be offered fresh produce in return for their labour.
We work to make sure the community garden is an inclusive space, in keeping with the philosophy ‘everyone is equal on the field’ and we are very pleased to welcome volunteers from all walks of life to the garden.