Funding Awarded for new Aden Allotments
The Aden Community Allotment Association (ACAA) is delighted to announce that they have secured funding totalling over £77,000 from the Keep Scotland Beautiful Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) to develop allotments and community gardens in the grounds of Aden Country Park in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire.
The Aden Community Allotments Association is to develop and manage the site, creating 42 different sized allotments (mixture of 10 x 10 metres, 10 x 20metres, and 20 x 20 metres in size) along with a community garden area.
Securing the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) funding is a huge step forward in the development of the allotments and community garden site in Aden, with the grant paying for all ground works, access to water, security fencing, tool store, individual sheds, along with compost bins and water butts.
The project will not only provide the local community with an opportunity to substantially reduce their carbon footprint by composting and reducing waste and grow your own food (thus reduces food miles and packaging), but also provides non-members with a chance to learn valuable skills associated with growing your own fruit and vegetables.
Leigh Minion, Chairperson of ACCA said
“It is fantastic news that we have managed to secure funding, and now thanks to the CCF, Aberdeenshire Council and Buchan Development Partnership we can start to make a very positive impact on promoting growing your own food”. She also thanked all of the ACAA committee on a sterling effort in getting the proposal ready for submission.
The Aden Community Allotments Association has worked closely with the local authority, Aberdeenshire Council, who have made the land available for the development of allotments and a community garden site. In addition, Buchan Development Partnership (BDP) have also supported the development through the initial consultation phase, constitution and funding process, along with the planning and lease aspects.