Seedling gardening group in Invergordon diversifies with help from Academy children

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Cameron Williamson, Liam Stewart, (front left to right) Logan Mackenzie, Cody Matheson and Theo Stillwell. Photo: Callum Mackay

A group of Easter Ross volunteers who helped turn a wasteland area into an attractive community asset have branched out by involving high school students in their plans.

The Seedlings Community Garden in Invergordon has been developed through the hard work of locals over a period of over a year.

A group of residents from the city’s Fraser Road, Macdonald Road, Rosskeen Drive and Mains Avenue neighborhoods started the project and since then it has taken root with a number of fundraising events held to keep the momentum going.

The latest development has seen the group connect with students from Invergordon Academy who are involved in a major tree planting program around the city.

The implementation of the Junior Warden program is led by Robert Dinneen, who is a Youth Development Officer from High Life Highland.

Logan Mackenzie and Highlife Highland Youth Worker Robert Dinneen plant one of the trees.  Photo: Callum Mackay
Logan Mackenzie and Highlife Highland Youth Worker Robert Dinneen plant one of the trees. Photo: Callum Mackay

Mr Dinneen said: “Usually the group I work with takes place outside of school. We run an awards program based on climate awareness and have been involved in a few projects around Invergordon.”

He said he was impressed with the efforts of the Seedlings Community Garden group: “When I saw this in Invergordon I was pleasantly surprised. I lived in this area about 30 years ago so I know it Good.

“Our project started by cleaning up a wooded area near the Polish war memorial which had seen a lot of fly tipping. We decided to do some cleaning. The Highland Council helped pick up the rubbish. From there, we thought we would do a little more in the community.”

Theo Stillwell and Liam Stewart have everything in hand!  Photo: Callum Mackay
Theo Stillwell and Liam Stewart have everything in hand! Photo: Callum Mackay

Mountain ash and hazelnut are among the species planted and now the group hopes to do more with the seedling group, possibly including herb planters.

Dana Sutherland of the band Seedlings said, “It’s a good thing the kids are doing.”

The junior goaltending program will take a break during the summer holidays and will resume in the fall.

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