Maddiston growing project starts to bear fruit

Claire McEwan, Jacquelene McDevitt and Nicola Stainthorpe with future growers at Muiravonside Country Park
Claire McEwan, Jacquelene McDevitt and Nicola Stainthorpe with future growers at Muiravonside Country Park

Community activists are urging a village’s residents to get on board with a sustainable project which is starting to bear fruit.

Members of Maddiston Community Council, working alongside Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council, are spearheading a growing area in Muiravonside Country Park that features an “edible corridor” of fruit and vegetables.

The idea came from an action plan survey carried out by the group with local residents to see what villagers wanted in their community in the future as green space has been lost to new housing projects.

Community council secretary Jacquelene McDevitt said: “This has come after a number of years of community consultation with local residents.

The growing area is part of a number of projects which were raised through community consultation and are published in Maddiston and Rumford Community Action Plan.

“We have been working closely with Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust to enhance the environmental attraction of the local area.

“The growing area is coming along nicely. At present established fruit trees have been planted creating an orchard next to the growing area and many young sapling are already lining the path to the river.

“This is part of a bigger plan to create an edible corridor from the car park to the ancient orchard area that will allow people to enjoy the growing and eating of freshly picked fruit and vegetables.”

Anyone interested in one of the growing plots should contact Maddistoncc@gmail.com.