THE SHETLAND Allotment Association had its first meeting in Lerwick last week.
Over 20 people attended to appoint office bearers and form a committee to look at possible sites and funding opportunities for allotments.
The newly-formed group appointed Kathy Greaves of Lerwick, a keen amateur gardener, as chairwoman. Kevin Coulson, a third generation allotment holder now living in Mossbank, took on the role of secretary, a post he had held in the past outwith Shetland, while Amanda Sinclair of Lerwick, with experience in accounting, offered her services as treasurer. To date over 170 people have expressed an interest in obtaining a plot throughout Shetland and a number of community groups have also registered. It is hoped that four sites could be identified representing interest from the North Mainland, West Mainland, Lerwick and South Mainland.
The next formal meeting of the association will take place in January while local meetings will take place over the next few weeks to view possible sites throughout Shetland and develop proposals.
SIC head of environment Stephen Cooper said: “I am heartened that so many people have come forward to take on these roles.
“We are aware of the sensitivity of finding suitable land for the Shetland Allotments Association and will be working with communities throughout Shetland to ensure that the best possible solution is reached for all concerned.”