Taking in the outdoors and growing your own veg is increasing in popularity for the allotments in Kelty as the numbers of people with allotments has soared in the last few years. The village allotments have also see improvements being made to the infrastructure with plans afoot for new roads and water connections to be installed.
The allotments management committee have also opened a new members shop selling garden equipment and produce as part of an exciting plan to develop the allotments into a community garden area with all kinds of fruit and veg, seating areas, an orchard and wildlife area.
Local councillor Alex Rowley met up this week with committee chairman Bruce Brown to hear about the plans for the future development of the area and to see the new shop which is open daily for members of the allotments. Mr Rowley said; “This new partnership between the council and the allotments committee has seem improvements being made and I want to congratulate Bruce and his team for all the work they are doing to rejuvenate the local plots into a community venture”.
Mr Brown said that the level of support for the new shop had been great and the committee has ambitious plans for the future of the allotments. He said; “We are working with the council and will be applying for funding to bring the rest of the roads up to a good standard and to put new water taps in so that all parts of the allotments can access water. We all want to plant up a few areas with fruit trees as well as creating areas for natural wildlife”.
There are still vacant allotments and anyone wishing to apply should contact the council or pop in and see the committee. Mr Brown said; “We have been working to get areas cleaned up so that new members can take on a clean area and we have a few allotments that are available. There are many people who have a great expertise in growing stuff and they are more than willing to help new comers. Growing your own veg is good for healthy eating but it is also good exercise and great fun”.
The committee are also in the process of getting new toilets connected and say that families are also very welcome to become involved in growing their veg.