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:

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