Blooming good idea for green-fingered Dingers

Berwickshire Housing Association has urged residents in Duns and Ayton to make the best use of its community gardens.

By Kevin Janiak
Thursday, 18th February 2021, 12:24 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th February 2021, 12:29 pm
Wildflowers and kale at the Duns Community Garden.
Wildflowers and kale at the Duns Community Garden.

The social housing landlord is continuing to work in partnership with Abundant Borders to encourage the use of the green spaces.

With uncertainty over lifting of restrictions due to Covid-19, it has been impossible to create a month-by-month plan of activities for the community gardens, but work is forging ahead for when restrictions are able to be lifted.

A community garden has been created at Todlaw in Duns and includes an orchard, raised beds and other facilities to encourage use of the garden by tenants and their families.

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An outdoor classroom for the Duns community garden is on order and it is hoped that will be on site by spring/early summer. It’s hoped to base lots of outdoor workshops here, for example showing how to make raised beds and apple pressing in the autumn.

As part of the BHA’s new phase of development at Lawfield in Ayton, there will be extra land available at the community garden there, which will allow more planting and provide an opportunity to build on relationships with Ayton Primary School.

The timing is dependent upon the building work being completed, as well as easing of Covid restrictions.

As soon as restrictions allow, Abundant Borders will also be delivering trees and bushes to 20 BHA households.

Dougie Paterson, BHA’s community initiatives manager, added: “We are delighted to be working in such close partnership with Abundant Borders, which has adapted to connect with so many people online for much of the pandemic.

"Their expanded online reach has paved the way to engage many more children, young people and new volunteers in the community gardens when they are able to do so.

“We are sure the gardens will continue to grow and develop to be a place where all of our community can get involved and enjoy the benefits of outdoor space.”

The Seed Circles, a BHA funded project, has also been launched, and participants should soon receive

the seeds that they want to grow, and planting can start.