Allotments and Community Gardens

Get your hands dirty, gardening makes happy!

The most local food you can get, of course, is that you grow yourself.  If you don't have your own space to grow fruit and vegetables, there are currently two allotments and one community garden on the Black Isle.  

Allotments

Allotments are areas of land leased either from a private or local authority landlord, for the use of growing fruit and vegetables.  

Both allotments are members of the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society and the local allotments societies aim to do the following:

  • Support and encourage the growing of fruit and vegetables.
  • Support gardeners by obtaining funding, acquiring, maintaining and sharing tools, equipment, seeds, plants, land, or other resources.
  • Promote, create, develop, manage and supervise the suitable provision of land for the benefit of the members of the Society and the wider community.
  • Promote and represent members’ interests and to encourage good relations with neighbours, relevant organisations (including the Highland Council) and the wider community.
  • Provide opportunities for the public to learn about growing fruit and vegetables.
Rosemarkie Allotment

The Rosemarkie allotment is located off Greenside Avenue on the west site of Rosemarkie, on a sloping south-facing hillside with a splendid view overlooking the Moray Firth to Ardesier and Fort George. There are 15 plots, which are either managed as full plots, or split and managed as half plots.  

Plots are rented per year, in 2017 it is £45 for a full plot and £22-50 for a half.  Each plot comes with its own tool shed, and there is also a communal shed with shared tools. 

The allotment is a very friendly place to spend time, and plot holders are often sharing gardening tips, seeds, plants and any overabundance of produce that they have with each other. Each year typically sees some plots becoming available, so if you are interested in having a plot or half plot, contact the membership secretary Fran Stuart on 01381 620423 or at fran.stuart@uwclub.net.

Cromarty Allotments & Gardens Society

Membership of the Cromarty Allotments and Gardens Society  costs £5 a year.  Plots - or more usually half plots - are rented on an annual basis. Rental for a half-plot costs £15 per year. There are no plots currently available but once you are a member, you can ask to join the waiting list.

For more information about the Cromarty Allotments, visit:  http://www.cromartygardening.com/index.asp.  

 

Culbokie Community Garden and Polytunnel

 

The Community Garden and polytunnel are just down the hill from the Culbokie Inn at Netherton Farm.

Individual growing plots are now available with shared use of the Polytunnel. There are tools and a stock of seeds for use by all gardeners.

Originally set up with the support of Transition Black Isle and with one of our original members, Agric, as on-site gardener, the relationship with Transition Black Isle is now more informal e.g. the garden is often used for some of our Grow North workshops.

If you are interested in cultivating a plot please phone Lesley on 01349 877224.

 

 

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Grow North

Grow North is a series of workshops for those new to growing and the more experienced, offering a chance for guidance from experienced tutors and hands-on  practice, together with  opportunities to meet and exchange tips and share ideas with others. Below are the future dates for the Grow North Events:

  • Grow North Workshop 3 'Pest Control' Saturday, May 5th

    Grow North Workshop 3 'Pest Control' Saturday, May 5th

    'Pest Control'       10am-1pm

    This third session of 2018 will cover the following :  
    how to protect your crops, use of evironmesh, fleece.
    The practical element will be learning how to creat a cloche. 

    Tutor :  Maggie Wormald

    Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10)

    Venue : Netherton Community Garden, Culbokie

    Tea/coffee provided

    Come dressed for outdoor garden  (incl footwear) and current climate conditions !  Bring garden gloves if you have them.

    Possibly suitable for children, under supervision of parent/carer.

    Booking essential : email grownorth@transitionblackisle.org

    View on TBI website »

  • Grow North Workshop 4 'Growing Flowers' Saturday, June 2nd

    Grow North Workshop 4 'Growing Flowers' Saturday, June 2nd

    'Growing flowers'          10am-1pm

    Workshop 4  will be learning about growing flowers - incl edible flowers, bee and butterfly friendly flowers.   And what's the difference between seeds/ tubers/ bulbs and rhizomes ? This will be a session with input/ discussion and opportunity to ask questions. There will be practical activity. 

    Tutor : Sue Mullins

    Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10)

    Venue : TBC

    Tea/coffee provided

    Booking essential : email grownorth@transitionblackisle.org

    View on TBI website »

  • Grow North Workshop 5 'Bee Keeping' Saturday, July 7th

    Grow North Workshop 5 'Bee Keeping' Saturday, July 7th

    'Bee Keeping'        10am-1pm

    Workshop 5 will cover all the basics of bee keeping - if you're considering having bees this will be a good introduction. 

    Tutor: Caroline McKenzie 

    Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10)

    Venue : an apiary near Invergordon

    Children - possibly suitable for over 10s

    Booking essential : email grownorth@transitionblackisle.org

    (before booking please read Apiary visit Info and Safety sheet....)

    Download  Apiary visit information and safety sheet

    View on TBI website »

  • Grow North workshop 6 'Creating a Wildlife Pond' Saturday, August 4th

    Grow North workshop 6 'Creating a Wildlife Pond' Saturday, August 4th

    'Creating a Wildlife Pond'      10am-1pm

    This session will cover all the basics of how to create your own wildlife pond in your garden: best position, basic equipment/resources needed, possible plants to attract wildlife...and we'll learn this by doing..by creating a pond in a garden.

    Tutors : Penny and Jimmie Hepburn

    Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10)

    Venue : TBC, probably Munlochy (address provided on booking)

    Tea/coffee provided

    Come dressed for outdoor garden  (incl footwear) and current climate conditions !  Bring garden gloves if you have them.  Possibly suitable for children, under supervision of parent/carer.

    Booking essential : email grownorth@transitionblackisle.org

    View on TBI website »

  • Grow North workshop 7 'Seed Saving' Saturday, September 1st

    Grow North workshop 7 'Seed Saving' Saturday, September 1st

    'Seed Saving'          10am-1pm

    The session will cover all we need to think about if we want to save our own seeds.        Incl a practical element.

    Tutors : Martin Sherring and Penny Edwards

    Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10)

    Venue : Stoneybank, Culbokie, IV7 8JH

    Tea/coffee provided

    Come dressed for outdoor garden  (incl footwear) and current climate conditions !

    Booking essential : email grownorth@transitionblackisle.org

    View on TBI website »

  • Grow North workshop 8 'Composting - the nitty gritty' Saturday, September 15th

    Grow North workshop 8 'Composting - the nitty gritty' Saturday, September 15th

    'Composting'        10am-1pm

    A comprehensive workshop covering all the different ways of composting, the benefits of each. Hot and cold composting, where to have your composting area, what one can and can't compost. An oppportunity to learn from very experienced composters, and to learn 'how to' in some practical exercises.

    Tutors : Helen Greenwood and Brian Smith

    Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10)

    Venue : Netherton Community Garden, Culbokie

    Tea/coffee provided

    Come dressed for outdoor garden  (incl footwear) and current climate conditions ! Bring garden gloves if you have them.Possibly suitable for children, under supervision of parent/carer.

    Booking essential : email grownorth@transitionblackisle.org

    View on TBI website »

  • Grow North workshop 9 'End of Year...' Saturday, October 6th

    Grow North workshop 9 'End of Year...' Saturday, October 6th

    'End of Year...'              10am-1pm

    A session possibly of more interest to new(ish) growers...what do we need to think about and do as the growing year slows down ? What to tidy/not tidy, preparing the ground for the fallow time, looking after the soil ...compost for winter. Looking ahead, what do you need to start planning....crop rotation, seed ordering....

    With practical activities.

    Tutor : Fuggo King

    Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10)

    Venue : Netherton Community Garden, Culbokie

    Tea/coffee provided

    Come dressed for outdoor garden  (incl footwear) and current climate conditions !  Bring garden gloves if you have them. Possibly suitable for children, under supervision of parent/carer.

    Booking essential : email grownorth@transitionblackisle.org

    View on TBI website »

  • Grow North workshop 10 'Christmas decorations with natural materials' Saturday, November 3rd

    Grow North workshop 10 'Christmas decorations with natural materials' Saturday, November 3rd

    'Christmas decoration creating using natural materials'          10am-1pm

    A preparation for advent and Christmas...how to make your own simple Christmas decorations using natural resources from the garden, woodland....

    You'll leave having made a couple of decorations, and with ideas for others !

    Tutors : Penny Edwards and Julie Shortreed

    Cost : by donation (suggest £5-£10)

    Venue : TBC

    Tea/coffee provided

    Possibly suitable for children, under supervision of parent/carer.

    Booking essential : email grownorth@transitionblackisle.org

    View on TBI website »

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