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scent - Alexandria LibraryCouncillors and staff pictured in the garden at Alexandria Library.

By Lizzie Healey

Work has started to transform land behind Alexandria Library in to a sensory and fruit garden for use by the whole community.

Residents joined staff from the Leamy Foundation’s local project Learn and Grow, to start building raised bedding areas where a range of soft fruits, vegetables and herbs will be grown.

Along with the soft fruit, six fruit trees will also be planted with the produce given to local schoolchildren once ripe. Comfortable seating will also be installed providing visitors with a place to read and study outside. Those visiting the garden will also benefit from access to the library’s free wifi.

The garden will be accessible to all users with the library’s wheelchair ramp extended and paving stones laid to level the walking surface for visitors.

The new outdoor space is expected to be well used by both library members and staff and the installation of a new paved storytelling area will provide the opportunity to host author events, children’s Bookbug sessions and the Summer Reading Challenge outdoors.

Councillor Ian Dickson, Convener of Corporate Services, said: “Alexandria Library is a popular branch with more than 50,000 visits a year and I am delighted to see this enhanced further by the work starting on this important community project.   Once complete, the area will have been transformed into a beautiful open space which will be well used by members and the community. As a Council we are committed to providing community allotments and this £6,000 investment will be well used by the community.”

Councillor Iain McLaren, Vice Convener of Corporate Services, added: “It is great to see the formation of the growing beds which really brings the project alive. It is also encouraging that local school children will help with the garden and access some of the products they have grown.  I’m looking forward to visiting in the coming months and seeing the progress of both the new seating area and the gardens.”

On completion, the growing space will be an active part of Alexandria Community Food growing Network hosting visits, training events and workshops which will encourage residents to grow their own food.

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