An unused area in the middle of Bonar Bridge could be turned into a community garden, it is hoped.
The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust (KoSDT) is awaiting the outcome of a funding application to create a garden in the space between the town hall and the post office, which the group owns.
KoSDT has already secured £10,000 from the National Lottery Together For Our Planet Fund and has requested a further £38,000 from SSE’s Sustainability Fund.
The group expects to hear the outcome of the application in April.
KoSDT director David Watson said: “The area is an old garden that has been sown and we are currently cutting it down every year to reduce it. When we took over the post office, we thought we could probably put three apartments there, but there are services and sewers below. It has very good access next to the bus stop and the community hall.
Mr Watson said the vision was to create a working garden with raised beds and a polytunnel.
“We will put up benches, but it will not be a garden where people can go and sit,” he said.
“We want to grow fruits and vegetables for the community food pantry and also for the Community Food Stop Café, which operates in the village hall and is due to reopen in March.
“We could take the vegetables out of the garden in the morning and cook them in the afternoon. We also hope to organize gardening and cooking classes and give people the confidence to grow in their own gardens.
If funding is granted, there are plans to employ a part-time gardener who would also be available to work in other community gardens, such as the polytunnel at Bonar Bridge Primary School.
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