The Hebridean Community Garden project, a joint venture between Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn and the Clan Macquarrie Community Centre in Borve has had a welcome funding injection from the National Lottery Community Fund. 

In all, £10,000 was awarded thanks to generous National Lottery players, which will enable the purchase and repair of necessary equipment to really get the horticultural venture going on the Galson Estate in north Lewis.

Explaining the circumstances surrounding the gardening project, Donald ‘Ba’ Macdonald of the Clan Macquarrie Community Centre said: “For some years, we’ve had ambitions to develop a community growing project on a part of the Clan Macquarrie Community Centre land.

Severe storm damage to an earlier polytunnel a number of years ago was a disappointing setback and, together with the usual challenge of fully funding a project, had delayed us.

“The local demand for a project of this nature was emphasised by the success of a specific and very well-attended ‘grow your own’ workshop in February this year. Against that background, we are delighted with the positive outcome of our application to the National Lottery Community Fund, and with the help provided by the Urras with the application process.”

It is envisaged that the Hebridean Community Garden Project will assist in developing the skills and knowledge of interested community members, thus creating a valuable and long-lasting community venture. ‘Ba’ continued: “The funding award will allow us to move forward with what we hope will be the first key stage of a sustainable community project.”

Announcing the most-welcome news along with hundreds of other projects benefitting from Lottery funding, Scotland Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund, Kate Still, said: “In these uncertain times, our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups. I would like to congratulate The Hebridean Community Garden Project on their award.  Theirs is an important project and will support people now and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.”

Christopher Smail, from Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn, said: “We are delighted with this news and very grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund for believing in the project.

"This funding is the result of many people’s hard work at the Urras and Clan Macquarrie Community Centre, and we believe that The Hebridean Community Garden will deliver great things for the Galson Estate.”

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the project, please contact Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn on:

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