CalMac helps community garden bloom

Ross of Mull Community Garden at Bunessan is a breathing space helped by ferry opertor CalMac with a funding boost

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A well-being garden on Mull is blooming after a boost from CalMac.

Ross of Mull Community Garden will use a donation from CalMac Community Fund to increase activities and opportunities for people of all ages living on the island.

The garden is used by groups including parent and toddlers and a children’s nature club as well as individual residents.

Eight people have their own allotment-style spaces and garden volunteers are working on a scheme to grow native trees for replanting in Tiroran Community Forest.

Set up by South West Mull and Iona Development (SWMID) last year, the garden has been developed by volunteers in the grounds of Ross of Mull Historical Centre in Bunessan, led by paid sessional workers.

The community garden is more than about well-being, said Philip Yielder from SWMID. It is also about helping people feel less isolated and encouraging them to learn more about gardening and growing food.

Mr Yielder said thanks to CalMac’s help, the garden would be a welcoming place to be enjoyed by all local people – somewhere to meet, grow, learn and play.

‘We will be able to provide a variety of activities, contributing to the health and well-being of our community and reaching out to those who may otherwise be socially isolated,’ he said.

Gordon McKillop, CalMac’s Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, said the garden was a perfect example of a community-led project positively benefitting people’s lives.

‘The last year has been turbulent for so many and the third sector has responded magnificently across our network. There are still many challenges to come as we progress through the COVID-19 pandemic and I hope the awards we have made alleviate some of the social issues that consequently arise,’ he added.

For more information about the CalMac Community Fund, go to www.calmac.co.uk/community-fund

 

Caption: Ross of Mull Community Garden at Bunessan has been given a funding boost by ferry operator CalMac.
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