Troon Allotment Society secured a lease from South Ayrshire Council for an Allotment Site in Fullarton Woods, Troon in the Summer of 2008. Entry to the site was gained in the late Summer of that year with a total of over 50 members being allocated plots from the Council on a field (1.23 hectare) that had been fallow for many years previously.

The Society to date since acquiring the field in the Summer of 2008 have managed to get the site up & running to a well functioning and maintained level with over 90 members now part of the Society. Preparatory work included clearing the field of waist high grass & weeds, designing the site & plot layout, marking, cutting & numbering plots. The field was then treated for weeds and ploughed over during the Autumn of 2008.  Further works have included a network of paths put in place to ease access to plots, site drainage to alleviate issues with a damaged drain system that was resulting in several plots to the east of the site becoming waterlogged and a perimeter security fence to prevent deers/ rabbits and other wildlife from entering the field. A successful application to the Awards for All funds has enabled us to carry out the installation of the peripheral fence. We have also allocated a couple of areas where we have been planting wildflowers and young tree saplings – this was planted up in the spring of 2009.  A borehole has been sunk and storage tanks and a pumping system have been installed to enable us to have water for the Allotment Holders.

The aims of the Society are to primarily offer as many people in the local community the chance to garden in the fresh air, enjoying growing & eating seasonal food, whilst also offering the opportunity to gain the benefits of physical exercise and developing a good sense of “community spirit”. Our objectives are as follows;
a)    Provide a sustainable environment for the growing of locally produced seasonal produce thus reducing the food supply chain which will contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.
b)    Involve the local community via shared projects e.g. Children’s Plots, Local Youth Group Plot & the recent introduction of a “Community Plot”
c)    Development of the site to increase the links with the wider community e.g. Designated Play Area/Family Area for Social Gatherings, development of pathways on site to enable wheelchair access.

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