Community Innovation Fund supports Brechin Community Garden

FRIDAY, 10 NOVEMBER, 2017

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Community Innovation Fund supports Brechin Community Garden

Brechin’s Community Garden has been awarded £7,960 by NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund to support the building of an accessible summerhouse which will act as a community hub.

Richard McIntosh, NHS Tayside’s Community Capacity Building Officer, said, “I am delighted to make this award to Brechin Community Garden. The project already has strong relationships with the local community and this development will further encourage participation by a wide range of people of all ages and abilities within a safe, accessible and inclusive environment.”

The group’s application to the Fund was supported by MSP Mairi Gougeon who said, “I have met with members of the group and heard how volunteering in the garden has had a positive impact on their lives and on the community in general.

“The summerhouse will be a fantastic addition to the site and a focal point for the community in an area where there is currently no meeting or learning space. This will allow the group to grow and provide further activities on top of what they do already.”

Volunteer at the project, George Garden said, “I am really looking forward to seeing this project come to life. Once we get the cabin up, it will be a great social hub and will be open for everyone.”

The garden works with many community groups including local schools and nurseries helping them to develop their own plots to grow a variety of fruit and vegetables.

Community groups can apply to the Community Innovation Fund for any amount between £500 and £25,000 over a three-year period to establish new and innovative projects.

Anyone interested in applying or finding out more information should visit the website www.communityinnovationfundtayside.scot.nhs.uk

Contact:

Gaynyr Dickson

NHS Tayside Communications

(01382) 740716