ALLOTMENTS have become a reality for Linlithgow with plots given the green light by council planners.
Linlithgow and District Allotment Society (LADAS) found out this week they have secured planning permission for Community Growing Plots on private land between Linlithgow and Philpstoun.
Chris and Lesley Nock, who run Oakwell Children’s Nursery, have agreed to lease a field to LADAS for use by members. The land measures 1.15 hectares and up to 76 100m2 plots could be created, mainly of a 10mx10m size, depending on demand.
Kirsty Leonard, chair-woman of LADAS, said: “The field is in a very scenic position between the Union Canal and the road that runs from the Park Bistro bridge to Philpstoun and it has previously been farmed for arable crops.
“There are plans to run the site in an environmentally friendly way with plantings of native shrubs and wild flowers to encourage birds, insect pollinators and other wildlife. There will be a communal hut where community events will be held with talks, demonstrations, produce competitions and barbecues being considered.”
The group has applied for funding that would go towards rabbit proof fencing and a composting toilet, as well as money for road access and car parking. There will be a chance to view the site on Saturday, February 5, from 2.30pm in the Oakwell Nursery where site plans will be displayed and committee members available to answer questions. Prices for the plots will also be discussed.
Non-members are welcome to come and see if they might like to join LADAS and take a plot for the coming season. The group are also looking for people to join the committee setting up the new project.
For more information go to www.linlithgowallotments.org.uk