Stonehaven Allotment association held an open day last Saturday (3rd September).
Around 60 guests were invited to have refreshments and wander round the allotments. A formal opening, with the ‘ribbon’ being cut by pupils from the three schools that have plots - Dunnottar, Mill O’Forest and Carronhill took place.
The Stonehaven Allotment association chair, Neil Westland spoke to guests on the day about the allotments.
He described the progress made by plot holders as “amazing” but explained that there were some issues with the growing of potatoes, he said they would “happily take any advice from experts,” on the matter. He added that he was already “anticipating” next season.
He took time to thank a number of people including the elected members of Aberdeenshire Council and their officials and Peter Greig from Stonehaven Community Council for their help.
He also talked about the funding of the allotments explaining that Awards for All and climate challenge fund provided the allotments with vital funds, along with Aberdeenshire Council.
Mr Westland also talked about how “pleased” the association are that they have Community groups and schools as members.
He spoke about what is next for the allotments he said: “Our next target is to acquire a trailer which will enable us to collect materials such as manure which have been offered to the association.”
He also talked about expanding the allotments he said: “We are still hunting for a site for full sized plots in the Stonehaven area and would be happy to meet with anyone who may be able to help us.”
Stonehaven Allotment Association took the lease for the allotments from Aberdeenshire Council last November, after spending six years searching for land.