‘Growing’ from strength to strength

A wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs can be found at the Grow Bute allotments.

A wide variety of fruits, vegetables and herbs can be found at the Grow Bute allotments.

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Three years ago, the ground adjacent to St Andrew’s Primary School was a derelict waste ground, filled with rusting kitchen appliances, car engines and household rubbish.

Today that plot of land has been transformed into a gardener’s paradise, with row upon row of delicious home-grown herbs, fruits and vegetables, and it’s all down to the work of a small team of dedicated island residents.

We visited Grow Bute on Sunday afternoon to find out more about how the allotments have expanded in those three years, the ongoing work which is needed to keep the land in top-condition, and even sample a few treats straight from the ground!

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