Elgin’s Cooper Park nursery has been given a new lease of life thanks to a gardening project that trains adults with learning disabilities.
The land was formerly used by Moray Council to grow floral displays for around the region.
However, it closed earlier this month as part of cost-cutting measures by the local authority.
It has now been taken over by the Greenfingers project.
The group’s co-ordinator Menita Roberts said the move was “a dream come true”.
She added: “We were based at Victoria Crescent before, where we had three tiny little greenhouses.
“At the nursery we now have four industrial-size greenhouses.
“It’s a very exciting opportunity as we have the perfect environment to develop and expand upon the services we offer.”
Greenfingers offers training and work experience to adults who often have limited access to further education, training or employment.
It has a regular workforce of 10 trainees, as well as providing courses for others.
Ms Roberts said: “We offer training in all aspects of horticulture.
“This allows our people to put things on their CVs, so that when they go to see potential employers they can sell their skills rather than the focus being on their disabilities.”
Greenfingers already has a number of local private and community contracts, including one with the Forestry Commission, which involves clearing paths and cutting back trees and bushes.
It has also been approached by several community councils, including the group at Lossiemouth, to provide and maintain flower beds and displays.