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A new community orchard and garden is being installed in Buckie.

Press release   •   Oct 25, 2019 10:14 BST

A new community orchard and garden is being installed in Buckie.

The project is being financed by £20,000 from developer contributions secured by Moray Council from Tesco to mitigate the environmental impact of their new store.

Potential sites for the project have been investigated and options presented to local councillors. The Rose Garden site at Queen Street was deemed to be the most suitable location. Its original design has been incorporated into a draft sketch that will assist the transformation of the space into an attractive, quality area for the community to enjoy.

In a joint statement, Buckie councillors Sonya Warren, Gordon Cowie and Tim Eagle said they were looking forward to the project being completed and hailed it as an asset to the local community.

"This site and project was one that was raised by members of the community a few times at the recent events," said Cllr Warren. 

"It’s fantastic to see it be developed and the former rose gardens be transformed into an attractive area, that will provide not only fruit but great learning benefits for young people at our local schools and the wider community". 

The draft design will be showcased at a drop-in exhibition to gauge public opinion. This will be on November 13 at the Buckie Thistle Function Hall from 4pm to 7pm. Moray Council officers and local councillors will be on hand to discuss the plans.

Comments on the draft design can be submitted then, by email to localdevelopmentplan@moray.gov.uk or in writing to Moray Council, Strategic Planning & Development, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX. All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 15 November 2019. 

Famous for its colony of dolphins, fabulous beaches and more malt whisky distilleries than any where else in Scotland, Moray is a thriving area and a great place to live. Nestling between Aberdeenshire and the Highlands, Moray stretches from Tomintoul in the south to the shores of the Moray Firth, from Keith in the east to Brodie Castle in the west.