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Next year's gardening season secured for Elgin Allotments Association after Springfield Properties donation


By Ewan Malcolm

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A DONATION of two large capacity water containers from Springfield Properties will help Elgin Allotments Association maintain their garden plot during hot summer months.

From left to right; Elgin Allotments Association volunteers, Alice Grant, Graham Milton and Ian Bremner with Springfield Managing Director (North) Dave Main.
From left to right; Elgin Allotments Association volunteers, Alice Grant, Graham Milton and Ian Bremner with Springfield Managing Director (North) Dave Main.

The containers will help support plant growth and save allotment workers from carrying heavy water filled barrels due to their large 2000L capacity.

The allotment, located on the corner of Forteath Avenue and Wards Road, was transformed into a thriving community garden 10 years ago. The new containers, which will be filled using rainwater, will help the association in their efforts to continue growing a range of fruit and vegetables across various shared fruit areas and wildflower beds.

Now, the association is targeting expanding to a second site in Elgin by 2022. Talks with Moray Council are already underway.

Graham Milton from Elgin Allotments Association said: "As a community group, we rely on donations from our members and organisations in our area to support the work we do. We're grateful Springfield has supplied two water containers which will play a huge part in the success of next year's growing season.

"In addition to bringing members of our community together, there are a number of health benefits that come with allotment gardening. It's great for physical activity, mental well-being and social inclusion for the gardener, on top of the satisfaction of growing fresh produce for the table. This is why we're working with the council to offer additional plots for eager allotmenteers at a second site in Elgin."

Springfield Managing Director (North), Dave Main, added: "At Springfield, we understand the importance of a community within our developments as well as the wider area. We look to support local charities and groups wherever possible and initiatives like this that are friendly to the environment and promote biodiversity are of particular interest to us.

"We're delighted to be able to donate water containers to Elgin Allotments Association so they can continue their great work."


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