Windfarm cash for local groups

The Girvan Community Garden team, left to right, Ward Higgins, Jim McClymont and Julie Campbell.
The Girvan Community Garden team, left to right, Ward Higgins, Jim McClymont and Julie Campbell.

The Girvan Community Garden has a greener future thanks to a windfarm fund award.

An award from the first round of the Girvan and District Assel Valley Community Fund of £4,800 will support a community engagement role for current staff to promote horticultural, recycling and upcycling initiatives within the garden.

In addition, they will engage visitors in a consultation on how they would like to see the garden develop over the next five years.

Garden director Audrey Riddell said; “Thanks to the award we are now able to facilitate the opening hours of Girvan Community Garden to locals and visitors at prime times. This funding will allow us to employ staff to engage with visitors and conduct a survey of their views and opinions.”

Ken Johnstone, Panel Chair said; “It is great that we can now help support a wide range of clubs and initiatives in the town like the community garden, and I would encourage any group with a good idea to get involved and bid for funds in the future. Let’s make Girvan and District second to none.”

The Girvan and District Assel Valley Community Fund was launched earlier this year to support a wide range of projects and activities. The fund is provided by Falck Renewables.

Erin Hunter of Falck Renewables said; “We’re delighted to see the funds from the wind farm being used for projects such as this which benefits local people and visitors.”

In total eight groups received an award in the first round including; Girvan and District Darts League; South Carrick Community Centre; Girvan Traditional Folk Festival; Girvan Youth Trust; Girvan Amateur Swimming Club; Girvan and District Entertainment and Attractions and Girvan and South Carrick Community Action Network. The next deadline for applications is 20th March 2017. For more information visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/programmes/assel-valley-girvan