A former bowling green is to be given a new lease of life as a community garden in a bid to help end food poverty for local residents.
It’s proposed that the unused Lochee Park bowling green could be used in conjunction with the James Hutton Institute to produce a community-managed growing project.
It’s anticipated that food grown there could help alleviate food poverty and health issues in the Lochee area.
The local community regeneration area and Ancrum Road Primary would be additional partners and beneficiaries of the project.
Elaine Zwirlein, Dundee City Council’s director of neighbourhood services, will ask councillors next week to back the project.
In her report, which will go before councillors on Monday, Ms Zwirlein said: “An opportunity for the development of a redundant bowling green at Lochee Park has arisen.
“Officers have been approached by an established growing group based in Lochee, in partnership with the James Hutton Institute based in Invergowrie, who wish to establish a community growing project.”
Neighbourhood services depute convener Anne Rendall said: “I’m delighted to see this proposal come forward. Community gardens work extremely well across the city and I’m sure this will be a welcome addition in Lochee.
“The local community will benefit hugely from this project by producing fresh nutritional food, becoming more physically active and receiving all the amazing perks of being outside.”
Welcoming the plans, Lochee councillor Michael Marra said: “Lochee people will be delighted to see this project bring additional life back into the bowling green and to the park as a whole.
“Community gardens help to address loneliness, food poverty and also benefit the environment for everyone.
“Best of all the garden will help to grow not just veggies but the sense of community that has always been so strong in Lochee.”
Project manager David Somerville, of James Hutton Limited, said: “Not only will this project lead to the provision of healthy, nutritious food for communities, but the production of the fruit will include the benefits of physical activity and fresh air along with the potential to increase green space in urban areas.”