An art project, a sanitary product scheme and a community growing pilot have all been highlighted for helping boost regeneration in Aberdeen communities
Aberdeen City Council has released its first annual report highlighting the progress various groups have achieved in Torry, Northfield, Mastrick, Middlefield, Cummings Park, Heathryfold, Tillydrone, Seaton and Woodside.
One of the groups mentioned in the Torry Local Partnership report was One Seed Forward, a community growing organisation.
The group began working with Aberdeen University, Tullos Primary School, Woodside Primary School and Bramble Brae School in October last year to launch a food growing pilot.
Around 140 pupils took part in learning how to grow fruit and vegetables.
By the end of the school year, the children had grown rocket, peas, beetroot, rhubarb, carrots, parsnips and 23kg of potatoes.
Bob Donald, founder of One Seed Forward, said: “The project has gone really well and we are looking at putting out educational programmes.”
Meanwhile, VictoriArt, a resident-led art group which hopes to make Victoria Road an “attractive place for the community”, saw three new artworks on the street and 10 across Torry in the last year.
The project has received £11,000 and employed nine artists.
The council report says: “The installation of public art works on Victoria Road improves the aesthetics and will encourage empty units to be let and the community to feel pride in the street.
“The project will kickstart other public art works across Torry and work with local schools.”
In Northfield the Oldtown/Marchburn improvement project is highlighted.
The aim is to combat high levels of crime, wilful fire raising, anti-social behaviour and youth disorder.
And in the Woodside, Tillydrone and Seaton Locality Partnership report, representative Jane Fullerton adds: “As a community representative, it has been especially important that my input reflects the wishes and needs of the community I live in.
“I look forward to ensuring the priorities, as identified by those who live and work in my community, are delivered in a creative and meaningful way.”
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Several community groups have been supported in Woodside and Seaton through the Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS).
It helps community members take on responsibility for projects in their area.
This includes the proposal for the Seaton Huts on School Road to become a community centre.
Aberdeen City Council’s building services’ Seaton depot was no longer needed and was transferred to Seaton Community Church.
In the report, Pastor Barry Douglas says: “We are just delighted at the news and very grateful to Aberdeen City Council for their vision and support.
“We already run a number of programmes in Seaton and are looking forward to being able to organise and partner with groups across the city to help run even more activities.”
Another scheme mentioned is the Access to Sanitary Products pilot, which took place in Seaton and women were given products on a regular basis free of charge. The pilot has now been expanded in the area.
The report will be discussed at the council’s strategic commissioning committee tomorrow.