Work has just begun on a new community garden project that aims to enhance the wellbeing of the people of Uig.
The project will provide a garden space for those who do not have access to land where they can grow fresh, healthy food and supplement their diet at a time when the cost of groceries has spiralled.
Uig Church of Scotland developed the ‘Baile na Cille Community Gardens’, project as part of their Hope and Wellbeing Hub.
Rev Hugh Stewart, minister for Lochs in Bernera and Uig, said: “In meeting, working on the land and learning together, we are hoping to enhance people’s mental health and wellbeing. The project will reduce social isolation, support the community and develop the natural environment.
“The project is wonderful way of being able to, practically, communicate God’s love to people of Uig. We are very thankful to everyone involved, for their vision, generosity and enthusiasm.
“People are telling us it is a great idea and very welcome, especially now as families are facing a cost of living crisis.”
The ‘Gardens’ are located on Baile na Cille Glebe. A small community group will run the project, advising and encouraging the local community in their agricultural endeavours.
“We are very grateful to our funders,” Mr Stewart added. “The project has been made possible by a generous grant from Scottish Government’s resilience funding, a donation from plant hire company IA & C MacIver and substantial local, in-kind labour.
"The Gallan Head Trust and the Church of Scotland General Trustees have also given us invaluable support.”
The initial garden plots will be ready for planting in Spring 2023.