Dunmore community digs deep for garden

Members of Dunmore Village Association
Members of Dunmore Village Association

A close-knit Falkirk community is ready to begin transforming a piece of unused land into a sensory garden everyone can use.

Dunmore Village Association has been drawing up plans, raising thousands of pounds and mustering support for the project for several years.

But this week, the community got the news it had been waiting for when councillors rubber-stamped an agreement giving the organisation permission to use the former woodyard site.

Now the hunt is on for cash to complete the project.

Lillian Watson, chairperson of Dunmore Village Association, said: “It’s wonderful.

“This has been three years in the making, and now we can see it beginning to take shape.

“We have had lots of support, everyone involved has got right behind the project.

“A community garden will be a real benefit to the village. We also get a lot of visitors and walkers passing through, and many have a rest and their lunch here, so this will give them a peaceful place to do that.”

Mrs Watson said the venture had attracted support from residents and businesses including Steven McLeod of Aurora Hotels.

To date, residents in the conservation village of 43 houses have raised £7000.

The committee is now looking for the extra funding and grants needed to meet the estimated costs of £20-£45,000.

Local councillor Craig Martin said: “This land had been for sale, but that never materialised, so the association approached the council with this idea. It’s full of aspiration and enthusiasm.”