Giving it some ‘welly’ at the new Overmills allotment site are Councillors John McDowall, Rita Miller and Ian Cavana with community volunteer Jim McCluckie
Green-fingered residents in Ayr and Prestwick will soon be able to enjoy two new superb public allotments thanks to South Ayrshire Council.
The two new sites – at Overmills Day Centre in Ayr and at Outdale Avenue, Prestwick – have been funded by the Council, which has also refurbished existing allotments in Alloway and Craigie.
The locations and improvement works were agreed in consultation with allotment societies and local Councillors and took account of the current high levels of demand.
The 64 new 'starter' plots (48 at Overmills – each measuring 45m²; 16 at Outdale Avenue – each measuring 18m²) will enable the Council to accommodate many of the existing applicants on the lengthy waiting lists for allotment plots, which currently exceed more than 100 people.
They will also make gardening much more accessible and inclusive, with a selection of timber-raised bed areas and easy access for wheelchair users, disabled, elderly and young gardeners. Each site also has perimeter fences, gates and a metered water supply.
Councillor John McDowall, Portfolio Holder for Sustainability and Environment said: "These new allotment locations are great news for gardeners and will help us make significant headway in tackling the extensive allotment waiting list that has built up. It's always a challenge to match supply with the demand for our services and facilities, and I'm delighted this investment will make such a terrific difference.
"Giving people access to the joy and the health benefits of gardening is a real gift. I have no doubt the lucky plot-holders will grab the opportunity with both hands, grow a variety of produce and put their green fingers to good use."
The Council is also exploring options to further enhance access to gardening as part of its overall £100,000 investment.