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Fraserburgh’s secret garden begins to take shape

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Green-fingered residents have taken the wraps off a new “secret garden” in Fraserburgh.

The site – between Alexandra Terrace and Lochpots Road – is the result of a £4,500 project led by the town’s Development Trust after locals asked for their own community space.

Volunteers have spent the last six months transforming the land into a green oasis and threw an open day at the weekend to show off the fruits of their labours.

Boasting a vegetable patch, sensory area, fruit bushes, trees and flowers, the project has brought together people from the primary and secondary schools, volunteer organisations, and experienced gardeners.

Fraserburgh Development Trust chairman Ian Watson applauded the volunteers, who have put in hundreds of hours of work to spruce up the site.

“It really came about as a result of community interest in a garden of some sort,” he said.

“The idea was to get as many people involved as possible.

“Work started on the garden around February or March and since then, a transition has taken place.”

The site, identified by Aberdeenshire Council, is in the heart of a busy residential area, and as part of the agreement with the local authority, the trust has erected fencing and a gate to protect it.

Mr Watson said he hopes locals would use and enjoy their new amenity.

“We’re involving quite a lot of folk – people who haven’t ever worked in a garden before,” he said.

“The important thing, from our point of view, is the volunteers, we’re probably looking at 700 hours of volunteer work so far.

“Obviously, we want more participation, it is a good thing that people are willing to give up their time.”

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