A call has gone out from Fettercairn Community Allotment for volunteers to help prepare for spring next Saturday.
March 15 marks the start of the gardening season for the community venture and the group are promising fun as well as hard work.
The allotment recently received an award of LEADER funding, which is being used to create an excellent community and growing space with raised beds, orchard, fruit netting, fencing, seating and crop protection.
There will be a lot to do at the ‘Big Dig,’ from pruning apple trees to planting gooseberries, and from weeding to planting fruit trees.
The allotment is opposite Fettercairn Primary School.
A spokesperson said: ‘‘Everyone is welcome to come along for any length of time between 10am and 5pm on the day and no experience is necessary.
‘‘However, participants should bring boots, gloves, and a picnic lunch.
‘‘Further work days are planned for the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month. Details are available by phoning Sue Barrie on 01561 340673.’’
Meanwhile, a ‘Big Lunch’ - derived from the Eden Project, where neighbours get together to share some food, friendship and fun - will be held in the Mearns Community Centre, Laurencekirk, on Saturday, June 2, by Transition Mearns (TraM).
TraM is a local group which aims to increase community resilience to rising fuel costs and help to create a more sustainable future.
They have run a number of community events, and are currently setting up a bike workshop in conjunction with the Mill of Benholm. Community allotments are also in the planning stages, and a Mearns Freegle recycling group can be found online.
Further details are available on the TraM website www.tram.btck.co.uk