Just outside Cullen, adjacent to the B9018 Cullen to Keith road, Cullen Community Allotment Association leases a lovely south sloping site from the Lawtie Trust. After several years of hard work by a small group of dedicated Cullen residents, the Association took possession of the site in 2011 and, with a grant from the Climate Challenge Fund, initiated site works, deer proof fencing, mains water supply with standpipes, site access and carpark. Once completed, members of the Association started transforming a field of couch grass into a small township of plots with sheds for the 2012 growing season.
On Tuesday 24th April 2012, Brian Adam MSP, the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Chief Whip in the Scottish Government, officially opened the Allotment. After a tour of the 2-acre site, Mr Adam planted an apple tree to commemorate what is an historic event for the local community. A specially baked cake was also on display depicting in confectionery some of the many vegetables which would soon be seen growing in the allotments.
During 2012, a Portacabin was installed and then funding was found for a composting toilet system. In 2013 Moray Beekeepers Association received funding for a “Bee Aware” project through which a number of plotters received bee keeper training and the association was donated hives, bee keeping equipment and bee nuclei.
The site has 34 plots; 22 whole plots (approximately 9 by 18 metre) and 12 half plots (approximately 9 by 9 metres). Currently all the plots are taken; but each year a few plots become vacant, so if you are interested in leasing a plot, contact the membership secretary and put your name on the waiting list. Annual rental is £50 for a full plot and £25 for a half plot. The allotment site and Association is self-managed by officers and a committee appointed by members at the annual general meeting held each autumn.
On-line documentation contains the tenancy terms and conditions, a tenancy agreement, the Association Constitution, a site plan, health & safety notes and information regarding the archaeological watching brief.
If you are new to vegetable growing, the plotters are a friendly bunch and are more than happy to lean on their spade, pass the time of day, and provide friendly advice. There is a small stock of gardening tools to borrow and a growing library of gardening literature is available.
The Association Committee comprises:
Chair: Bruce Edelsten
Vice-Chair: Rob Main
Secretary: Charlie Shand
Treasurer: Anna Edelsten
Members: Neil Scott, James Johnstone, James Baird, Sheila Shand, Margaret Baird, Mark Jackson and Mark Alexander (Bee Keeper).
Cullen Community Allotment Association