Green-fingered project gets thumbs-up from council

There are exciting times ahead for Tayport PLANT group
There are exciting times ahead for Tayport PLANT group

An ambitious community gardening project in Tayport is set to get under way after being given the green light by councillors.

North east Fife planning committee has approved plans to transform some 3200 square metres of land behind Sandyhill Road, near the old curling pond, into a community garden .

The project, which is being spearheaded by Tayport Community Trust’s PLANT group and Fife Council’s allotments officer Peter Duncan, has already been awarded almost £78,500 in funding under the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund.

Two professional gardeners, Andrew and Teresa Widd, will be employed as part-time growing co-ordinators to work with PLANT’s team of volunteers to help set up the garden and deliver a workshop programme as well as offer advice and support to plot holders, volunteers and home growers.

The garden will include a number of raised beds for community groups, a polytunnel and a tool shed, all surrounded by a low fruiting hedge and rabbit fencing with a gate at either end. In addition, Tayport residents who want to grow produce in their own gardens can take part in the workshops and other activities.

Fife Council is also working towards reviving the existing allotment site on the other side of the burn from the community garden. This will be managed by the council but will be accessible from the community garden via a

small pedestrian bridge.

Jessie Roberts, PLANT Administrator, said: “We want the garden to be a beautiful place, where people can enjoy growing food and flowers, or just meet and chat. Everyone is welcome – all ages, beginners or old hands. The garden will open as much as possible so that non-plot holders can enjoy it too. Outside the hedge, there will be paths and plenty of open ground for children to play and people to walk their dogs.

“We are very keen to be good neighbours, and share the view expressed by some local residents that the project must not result in additional car use and parking issues.”

The application had attracted 10 letters of objection.

Tayport residents can find out more about the project at a public meeting to be held on Friday, July 24, at 7pm in the Scout Hall, Elizabeth Street.