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"Feelers out" for community growing project in Keith


By Jonathan Clark

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Iona McKay is hoping to set up the community growing project in Keith.
Iona McKay is hoping to set up the community growing project in Keith.

INTEREST in a community growing project in Keith is currently being gauged ahead of a potential start.

Iona McKay, who moved to the town a couple of years ago, is looking to create a safe space where people can meet up with others to grow their own produce.

Produce grown will be used to fill up food parcels to help the area's most in need.

Iona said: "At the moment I'm just trying to see if there is any interest in a community garden.

"There are about 12 people saying they are vaguely interested and I have got six to eight people who want to get going.

"I want to create a space in Keith where people can grow fruit and veg. The produce will go to the food bank and into food parcels.

"There are a lot of people wanting to help the community, as community is becoming more important at the moment, and this way they can be part of the community.

"I think there are people who don't feel part of the community because they have not lived here long or are part of the clique."

A site for the project has not yet been identified.

People of all ages and backgrounds will be welcome to join.

Iona added: "We are open to everybody. There are a lot of young people who want to grow veg but don't know where to start.

"If you live in Keith then come and get involved and we can take it from there. I would like a mix of people."

If you are interested in joining the community growing project then get in touch with REAP Scotland on 01542 888 070 or via their Facebook page.

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