Char­ity sows the seeds of change in ‘eat lo­cal’ drive

Fruit and herbs be­ing grown at Mo­ray park for res­i­dents to share

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY

An en­vi­ron­ment char­ity has planted seeds at one of Mo­ray’s most pop­u­lar parks in an at­tempt to en­cour­age peo­ple to eat lo­cal.

Green-fin­gered vol­un­teers were in Cooper Park at the week­end as part of an ini­tia­tive to grow herbs and fruit for res­i­dents to share.

Keith-based en­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Reap has taken on the main­te­nance of the plant beds as part of its Grow El­gin project.

Herbs were har­vested A man hopes a re­union group will be set up for the for­mer res­i­dents of a street where homes are be­ing de­mol­ished as part of the new £40 mil­lion Hauda­gain link road.

Ian Shand, 73, re­cently re­turned to his child­hood home on Lo­gie Av­enue in Aberdeen for the first time in 60 years.

Prop­er­ties on the street are be­ing flat­tened as part of the am­bi­tious project to ease traf­fic con­ges­tion at the site.

Plans are un­der way to build a new link road between North An­der­son Drive and Auch­mill Road to re­duce the num­ber of ve­hi­cles us­ing the round­about.

Mr Shand is keen for a group to be set up for res­i­dents, who have now been re­lo­cated, to share trea­sured mem­o­ries of their for­mer homes.

He said: “I was brought up in a fish­ing fam­ily and have so many good mem­o­ries of Lo­gie Av­enue.

“There was a wee tri­an­gle of grass – it was the place where kids played, moth­ers sat out and ev­ery­one got to­gether.

“It was a big com­mu­nity, not just a street.

“I would love for peo­ple to get to­gether and tell sto­ries about the place.

“I’ve heard of many oth­ers who think the re­union group could be a good idea.

“It was a mag­i­cal place to live, and I’d be sad to see the mem­o­ries for­got­ten.”

Ian Shand hopes, per­haps with help from the Aberdeen His­tory So­ci­ety, that a Lo­gie Av­enue re­union group could be set up.

Any­one in­ter­ested can call 01224 467 121 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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