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Forres Friends of Woods and Fields are inviting visitors to see what they are growing in their Kennel and Chapleton fields


By Garry McCartney

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Nick Molnar and other members of Forres Friends of Woods and Fields are looking for help at a their growing area near Chapleton Farm. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
Nick Molnar and other members of Forres Friends of Woods and Fields are looking for help at a their growing area near Chapleton Farm. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

A GROUP of local green-fingered volunteers are inviting the community to join them on 'Good to Grow Day' - or any time!

Forres Friends of Woods and Fields (FFWF) want potential volunteers to visit the land they are cultivating between Chapleton and Sanquhar over the weekend of Saturday, April 23 to celebrate the start of spring and the new growing season.

London’s largest food growing network, Capital Growth, started Good to Grow, an online platform to support food growing in the UK, run by farming charity Sustain.

Capital Growth coordinator, Fiona McAllister, said: "Community gardens are good for our health and wellbeing. Urban food growing can make a real difference to local people and their access to affordable food.

"Urban growers are addressing the climate and nature emergency while creating more resilient communities. Good to Grow Day provides a chance to engage more people and for everyone to get stuck in."

From planting potatoes to preparing the children’s garden, FFWF want visitors to meet neighbours, learn new skills and grow food on their sites in the Kennel and Chapleton fields on either side of the Mosset Burn.

Activities will include planting potatoes and preparing plots in the children's garden.

FFWF's woodlands occupy the ridge to the South of Sanquhar pond cared for by Sanquhar Working Group and Forres Community Woodland trust.

Together, all of the areas form wildlife and recreational assets to Forres.

Sustainable Food Places (SFP) is a movement of over 50 towns, cities, boroughs and counties who share a belief in the power of food as a vehicle for driving positive change.

SFP local action officer, Bella Driessen, said: "With the climate and nature emergency, the drive to take action, large or small, local or global, feels stronger than ever.

"Gardens are an excellent way for communities, friends and families to take action, stand in solidarity, and sow seeds of hope.

"Community gardens have a lot to be proud of and this is a great opportunity for them to celebrate their achievements with neighbours and new friends!"

For more information, visit https://www.forresfriends.com/



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