Green-fingered local appeal

Shirley Faichney and Mandy Davidson from MCCI
Shirley Faichney and Mandy Davidson from MCCI
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A local children’s group is appealing to green-fingered enthusiasts in the area for help with its community garden project.

The youngsters, who are part of the Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative, will be working on their very own demonstrator plot, called Charlie’s Plot, within the community learning garden planned for what is currently a piece of waste ground close to Methilhill Primary.

And in a boost to the project, the group has been successful in securing a grant of £35,000 from the Junior Climate Challenge Fund.

Shirley Faichey from MCCI is delighted with the grant: “The award is incredible news for our Charlie’s Plot group.

“I believe our young people are the first in Scotland to be awarded funding from the Junior fund, and given the complexity of the application form, and that their average age is just 12 years, the achievement is all the more astonishing.

“These guys have shown commitment, dedication and imagination for their project way beyond their years. They will be using the money to develop their piece of the Methilhill Community Learning Garden into a demonstrator plot for planting and growing fresh produce as well as delivering education to the wider community.

“They will also be helping members of the community develop growing spaces at home.”

But before they get their hands dirty, the youngsters are looking to the community to help them. They would like to hear from any local residents who take a keen interest in gardening and would be willing to volunteer and pass on some of their knowledge.

MCCI has just recently been awarded a Voluntary Support Grant from VAF, which Shirley says will allow the community to get more involved with its projects.

“It will allow us to better support our volunteer workforce as well as offering more volunteering opportunities within the project. This will tie in nicely with the community learning garden development, which will open up further opportunity for the wider community to get involved with the project.”

If you would like to volunteer, please email or visit the website for more details.