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Lottery funding has potted enough money to pay a community gardener’s wage over three years at a project sprouting up in Bunessan.
Volunteers, with help from other funding, have already sown the seeds by clearing a tangle of willow and rhododendrons on a plot of land in the grounds of Ross of Mull Historical Centre to make way for the outdoor community hub.
Creating a garden for all the community to use has been a long-time ambition in Bunessan, says Philip Yield who is community forester at Tioran and is part of South West Mull & Iona Development organisation who are excited to be recruiting a part-time gardener for the project.
Anyone interested in the 20-hours a week job has until Sunday April 18 to get their online application in – go to https://swmid.co.uk/recruiting-for-community-garden…/
The right person for the job will be responsible not just for running and developing the garden as well as working with users and volunteers but also for coming up and organising lots of exciting events, activities and getting the community hands-on.
Pre-school youngsters already visit the garden with their families, primary school children have taken on a veg bed as part of a nature club, the Mull and Iona ranger runs activities and there is a plan to work with high school age students to build a pizza oven.
There will be something for everyone says Philip including gentler wellbeing opportunities.
‘It still looks a bit like a building site at the moment but it’s going to be beautiful by the time it’s finished,’ he added.
The garden is close to a stream and there are some mature trees near it.
Funding from Argyll and Bute Council helped buy tools and pay for sessional workers in the early days of the scheme, another donation generously boosted that work and £4,000 awarded via the Community Climate Asset Fund, administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful, was a great help in paying for timber and materials used to build raised beds and make compost bins.
‘There is a big social element to this project, bringing people together outdoors,’ added Philip.
If recruiting goes to plan, it is hoped to have the new gardener in his or her wellies and ready to start by June.
Caption: Volunteers working in Bunessan’s community garden