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A Greener Future Thanks to Wind Farm Cash Boost

13 December 2016

The Girvan Community Garden has a greener future thanks to an award from the first round of the Girvan and District Assel Valley Community Fund.

The Girvan Community Garden caters for the whole community, offering a number of workshops, events and activities throughout the year. They also work with schools and other groups to deliver projects both in the garden and the wider area.

The grant of £4,800 will support a community engagement role for current staff to promote horticultural, recycling and upcycling initiatives within the garden. In addition, they will engage visitors in a consultation on how they would like to see the garden develop over the next five years.

Audrey Riddell, Director Girvan Community Garden said; "Thanks to the Assel Valley Community Fund Award, we are now able to facilitate the opening hours of Girvan Community Garden to locals and visitors at prime times. This funding will allow us to employ staff to engage with visitors and conduct a survey of their views and opinions on the future development of the Community Garden."

Ken Johnstone, Panel Chair commented; “It is great that we can now help support a wide range of clubs and initiatives in the town like the community garden, and I would encourage any group with a good idea to get involved and bid for funds in the future. Let’s make Girvan and District second to none.”

The Girvan and District Assel Valley Community Fund was launched earlier this year to support a wide range of projects and activities that will benefit the community. The fund is provided by Falck Renewables from their Assel Valley wind farm and managed by Foundation Scotland.

Erin Hunter, Community Relations Manager at Falck Renewables said; “We’re delighted to see the funds from the wind farm being used for projects such as this which benefits local people and visitors.”

In total eight groups received an award in the first round including; Girvan and District Darts League; South Carrick Community Centre; Girvan Traditional Folk Festival; Girvan Youth Trust; Girvan Amateur Swimming Club; Girvan and District Entertainment and Attractions; and Girvan and South Carrick Community Action Network.

The next deadline for applications is 20th March 2017 for a decision in May. If you would like more information on the fund and how to apply visit /programmes/assel-valley-girvan


For further information please contact Jacqui Morris, Foundation Scotland Tel: 0141 341 4963 or email


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