20 February 2024

Green-fingered volunteers encouraged to support gardening projects in Fraserburgh

As part of a new initiative to enable more food growing in and around Fraserburgh, several primary schools and care homes are turning over part of their grounds where a whole host of vegetables, fruit and salads can be produced.

Lochpots, Rathen, South Park and St Andrews primary schools, together with Jarvis Court and Faithlie care homes, are taking the bull by the horns and have set aside space in their grounds for everything from strawberries to savoy cabbages and from carrots to kale.

The initiative has evolved through Aberdeenshire Council’s support of the NHS ‘Healthy Eating, Active Living’ programme – making it possible for communities to do what they do best by coming together to ensure everyone thrives. 

In addition to the great spaces for the gardens to flourish, there’s some funding for tools, gloves and other items, but there’s one vital missing ingredient – local volunteers to bring it all to fruition.

People of all ages are encouraged to get in touch – regardless of gardening experience. 

Children, parents, wider family members, friends and neighbours – and even those with no connection to any of the locations – are all being encouraged to participate.

Jan Emery, the Area Project Officer said: “Whilst experienced growers will be a great asset, we’re keen for people with no experience to join in and learn, too – and to get out in the fresh air, get some exercise – and enjoy some fresh produce into the bargain.”

Cllr Doreen Mair, chair of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee, added: “Fraserburgh is known for its wonderful community spirit and this is another way in which people of any age and ability can make a big difference. 

“Since the Covid pandemic, it’s been hard to find people to volunteer, but with the cost-of-living biting hard, this project will mean a lot to a lot of people. At the same time, volunteers will make new friends, and enjoy the camaraderie of it all, too. And besides, who would say no to a bowl of fresh strawberries or a bag of new tatties to take home!”

If you would like to find out more, email or call the Banff and Buchan Area Team on 01467 530700.