We are pleased to report that £12,000 has been secured for the ONECarluke Community Growing and Learning Garden. The money has come from the Community Climate Asset Fund (CCAF), a Scottish Government fund administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The project aim is to produce our own fruit and vegetables for sharing and to grow flowers and shrubs to beautify our town and our neighbourhood.
This CCAF funding will allow us to purchase and erect 3 large polytunnels, install a 3000-litre underground rainwater capture system, provide 100 tonnes of peat free topsoil, construct 6 raised beds, plant and maintain 55 fruit trees and provide garden hand tools. These will be used by volunteers visiting the garden at the High Mill on Chapel Street. It is expected that the garden will be ready for community use from mid spring 2021.
The funds will also help the garden move towards the healthy, sociable space we are aiming for – a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can relax, share, and develop skills.
So that we can get off to a flying start when the tunnels are ready, we would like 100 volunteers to take one of our free packs home and start the seeds off on the first part of their growing journey. The packs contain seed trays, base trays, 0.25L pots (7cmx7cmx8cm) made from recycled materials, a bag of compost and of course, seeds. Any excess compost and seeds can be used by volunteers for their own growing space.
We want to engage everyone in our community in the venture, from those with experience to complete beginners. Workshops and guidance will be provided at all stages. This may be the chance to try a new and rewarding hobby and become part of Carluke’s “Growing Army”. You could help tackle climate change, grow local food, reduce emissions and have fun!
If you would like to be part of this exciting new venture, contact us at [email protected] or put pen to paper and give us your details by delivering a card, note or letter through our letter box at the CDT office in the High Street. It’s on the opposite corner to Occasions and is closed at the moment because of lockdown but we will check for mail.