GLENROTHES RESIDENTS are being encouraged to get back to nature with the opening of a new allotment site in the town.
Part of the Fife Allotments Strategy, a plan to develop community gardens throughout the region, the site at Auchmuty has space for nine plots for residents.
The project, which began in January, has been possible due to collaboration between Fife Housing Association, Fife Council and Elmwood College under the supervision of the Fife Community Food Project team.
Funding for the £35,000 project has come from the Scottish Government, Fife Council and Fife Community Food Project.
Recently there has been resurgence in the demand for community allotment schemes as residents, put off by supermarket prices for fruit and vegetables, look for space to grow their own.
Margaret Reilly, Fife Council locality manager for Glenrothes Central and Thornton, said, “This project provides the Auchmuty area with a new community facility and has regenerated what was a grass field into a space where local people will be able to enjoy the benefits of allotment gardening.”
Councillor Brian Goodall, strategic chairman of housing and communities, added, “I’m delighted that we’re starting to see the fruits of our labours on the Fife Allotments Strategy.”