Plotting in Tobermory

Local food production is growing in popularity particularly in more remote rural areas where access to a range of fresh fruit and veg can be limited and costly. Following a request from a Mull-based group Tobermory Endeavour and with support from West Highland Housing Association who are building locally to Tobermory, we carried out a consultation exercise to assess the level of community support for the establishment of allotments on the edge of the town. Tobermory Allotments Sketch

A public drop-in information session was held in Aros Hall, Tobermory to which we invited speakers from a successful allotments project in Fort William, the Allotments Regeneration Initiative and support body Trellis.  A really good level of interest was evidenced, enough for CLS to continue to support Tobermory Endeavour and the newly formed Tobermory Allotment Gardeners (TAG) in their efforts to secure a land transfer from the Forestry Commission under the National Forest Land Scheme. Funding was secured from Investing in Ideas and the Climate Challenge Fund to explore the options available to the group, pay for landscape architects Craignish Design to prepare layout plans, pay for a small study by Synergie Environ into the potential for the use of renewables on the site, to hold composting information sessions locally and to progress negotiations with the Forestry Commission and the necessary statutory authorities.

Tobermory Endeavour are now in a position to finalise their land acquisition and submit the completed planning application for the establishment of  20 individual plots, two polytunnels, a communal meeting shed, composting toilet and associated car parking and sensitive boundary screen planting.

This project has great potential for the involvement of individuals, schools, local health workers and community groups in the satisfying and healthy business of growing your own. We look forward to supporting more groups in similar initiatives.

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