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Welcome to the website of the Organic Growers of Fairlie and their
Sustainable Community Garden project. For the latest news of what is
happening in the garden please visit our Garden Diary page or  our
Facebook page .

Quick link to latest update is here .

STOP PRESS - We have just been assessed as OUTSTANDING in the Keep Scotland Beautiful -It's Your Neighbourhood campaign. See Diary page.



This is an association of village residents in Fairlie (and surrounding towns) , Ayrshire, Scotland, who are all committed to living healthier, more sustainable lifestyles and improving the environment using various techniques. A derelict polluted, brownfield site has been turned into a lovely, peaceful grow-your-own mini allotment garden (the Fairlie Organic Garden) using innovative composting and vermi-culture techniques. This web site includes a video of the garden, a large collection of pictures showing the garden throughout its development, several FAQs on vermi-culture/composting, news and events pages.
Visitors are welcome to the garden (see How to Find Us page) however please note that if no gardeners are in the garden then the gate is locked. In the summer in the evenings and at weekends then someone will likely be there. If travelling a distance or you are part of a large group please contact us first (see Contact Us page) and we can usually arrange for someone to show you around (and also have the kettle on!)

We now have a Facebook page so that you can keep up with what is happening in the garden and 'spread the word'. Click here to get to our Facebook page.


 
Latest updates -
  • Added April 2014 Garden Newsletter to Diary page . (10/4/14)
  • Added new page on worm farming. This page has lots of tips and links to a blog writer on worm farming and wormeries. Recommended! (8/2/14)
  • Added news and photo of visit to the garden by the Scottish Minister for the Environment to the Garden Diary page. (21/1/14)
  • Added Garden Report for 2013 to the Garden Diary page. (19/10/13)
  • Added news of our latest visitor and a link to another garden group to the Garden Diary page. (30/9/13)
  • Added news of our latest visitors to the Garden Diary page. (16/9/13)
  • Added news of our 'OUSTANDING' assessment to the Garden Diary page. (25/7/13)
  • Added minutes of committee meeting held on June 25th 2013 to Members Page . (25/7/13)
  • Added details of RHS visit and Keep Scotland Beautiful assessor's visit to Garden Diary page . (23/7/13)
  • Added details of World Environment Day Event to Garden Diary page . (3/6/13)
  • Added pictures from RHS talk to Garden Diary page and Audited Accounts for 2012 to Members Page . (3/5/13)
  • Added minutes of committee meeting held on March 10th 2013 to Members Page . (17/4/13)
  • Added picture of new poly-tunnel to Diary page and also Polytunnel 2013 page with sequence of photos showing the poly-tunnel build. (7/4/13)
  • Added minutes of committee meeting held February 23rd 2013 to Members Page . (23/3/13)
  • Added link to Garden Diary page on publication available from Community Land Advisory service containing advice on releasing/obtaining land for a community garden. RECOMMENDED! (15/3/13)
  • Added two gardening reports to Members Page . (9/3/13)
  • Added notes to Diary Page on an invitation to the Holyrood Parliament for some representatives from the garden. (7/3/13)
  • Added minutes of committe meeting held on November 23rd 2012 to Members Page (3/3/13)
  • Added two new pages on Organic Gardening and Potato Blight . (6/2/13)
  • Added Minutes of Committee Meeting held on September 23rd. 2012 and Garden Report September 2012 to Members Page . (6/1/13)
  • Added notes on three Garden Visits to Come Visit Us page. (10/12/12)
  • Added notes on two Garden Visits to Diary page (5/10/12)
  • Added minutes of committee meeting held on June 9th 2012 to Members Page (24/9/12)
  • Added report and picture of Chinese Banquet night to Garden Diary page and further pictures to Social Events page . (27/8/12)
  • Added news of funding and picture of presentation to Diary page . (17/8/12)
  • Added minutes of AGM held April 22nd. 2012, new OGF constitution adopted at that meeting and new Standing Orders for Management Committee, AGM and SGM meetings also adopted at the AGM to Members Page . (2/7/12)
  • Added recent pictures of garden/entrance/poly-tunnel to Diary Page . (17/6/12)
  • Added Auditor's Reports on accounts to Member's Page (11/6/12)
  • Added Picture of Race for Life Team to Diary page (18/5/12)
  • Added news of Bothwell Garden Open Day + leaflets/poster to Diary page (9/5/12)
  • Added news of visit to the garden by members of Tarland Development Group, Aberdeenshire and the re-skinning of our polytunnel to Diary page (17/4/12)
  • Added news of visit to the garden by members of Ardentinny Community Trust to Diary page (14/4/12)
  • Added news of garden talk to Diary page (7/3/12)
  • Added news of article in Kitchen Garden magazine to Diary page (4/3/12)
  • Added link to latest committe meeting minutes to Diary Page and Member's Page (20/2/12)
  • Added dates to the Diary Page of a Garden Talk and the AGM.  (24/1/12)
  • Added pictures to the Diary Page of the new lean-to polytunnel and the damage/repair to our large tunnel.  (23/1/12)
  • Added pictures of Carol Singing in our barn to Diary page.   (16/1/12)
  • Added new page Come Visit Us listing all those groups who have been to see the garden.   (11/9/11)
  • Added details of bonfire on 5th November and news of garden developments to Diary Page   (11/9/11)
  • Added news to Diary page and Member's page.   (27/10/11)
  • Added details of magazine journalist's visit and Gardener's talks to Diary page (29/8/11)
  • Added photos of garden wildlife to Wildlife page (30/7/11)
  • Added report and photographs of Open Day 2011 to Diary Page (29/7/11)
  • Added photographs of Members Barbecue to Diary page ,  report to Wildlife page and courgette cake recipe to members Recipes page (8/6/11)
  • Added planned social events to Calendar and Diary pages.  (5/5/11)
  • Added results from our Big Garden Birdwatch to Wildlife page (4/2/11)
  • Added Committe Meeting Minutes held on January 10th 2011 to Members Page (1/2/11)
  • Added a new page where the 2010 Garden Answers magazine article can be viewed. (30/1/11)
  • Added a new page Fairlie Pier Station showing the station as it was after closure in 1985 and then today with our poly-tunnels in situ. (14/1/11)
  • Added Wildlife page and 2010 report/news of RSPB award to EcoWarriors page . (13/1/11)
  • Two pages showing videos of the garden and our Gardening Scotland Exhibit are now working again. Click here
  • and here. (4/1/11)
  • Added report of new poly-tunnel build to Diary page and also a new page of photographs taken during construction of the tunnel. (21/11/10)
  • Added picture of our latest visitors to Diary page. (2/9/10)
  • Added recipes to Members section + link to a useful site.
    Added Eco-warriors events to Calendar page.
    Added warning to Garden Diary page re potato blight. (23/7/10)
  • Added report/pictures on Herbal Medicine talk to Diary page. (5/7/10)
  • Added reference to use of Enviromesh and sources/FAQ on it to Hints and Tips page. (30/6/10)
  • Added new Open Day 2010 slideshow page and report/picture in Garden Diary page.   (26/6/10)
  • Added photograph of latest visitors  to Garden Diary page and new photographs to Second Polytunnel build page showing the lush growth.   (8/6/10)
  • Added minutes of AGM and ECo-Warriors report to Members page  (5/6/10)
  • Added new photographs showing our latest visitors to  Garden Diary page (12/5/10)
  • Added new photograph to  Garden Diary page (1/4/10)
  • Updated photos on this page and added a slide-show of tree-planting to Eco Warriors page. The latest SAGS (Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society) news-letter is here . (Gents see note at the foot of page 3)! (25/3/10)
  • Added news of garden development progress and our prize-winning! article to Garden Diary page and new photographs to  Second Poly-tunnel Build (11/2/10)
  • Added new photographs to  Second Poly-tunnel Build (4/2/10)
  • Updated Eco-Warriors page with slide-show of pictures taken during Tree o'clock. (8/12/09)
  • Updated Eco-Warriors page and Hints, Tips, Successes and Failures page. (25/11/09)
  • Added link on Links page to GrowYourOwn - a web page from a Scottish-based vegetable plot owner with 170 pages containing over 550 demonstration photos (20/11/09)
  • Added minutes of Committee Meeting held on 2nd. November 2009 to Members Page. If anyone would like a soft (or paper) copy sent direct please send a request using the E-mail address on the Contact Us page .  (13/11/09)
  • Large update of Garden Diary page including Phase 3 build plans, future garden events and  news of other groups and events. (4/11/09)
  • Added news and pictures of Thanksgiving display, garden visits and Forres garden to Garden Diary page (16/10/09)
  • Added news of CCF Gathering and planned joint awareness event to Garden Diary page (10/9/09)
  • Added news of new funding for the garden, pictures of latest visitors to the garden, Largs Flower Show exhibit and other garden groups to Garden Diary page (2/9/09)
  • Added picture of latest visitors to the garden to Garden Diary page (25/8/09)
  • Added Open Day report, picture of Open Day to Garden Diary page and link to Open Day slideshow. (17/8/09)
  • Added information on our Open Day and pictures of garden visitors and some of our produce to the Garden Diary page . (22/7/09)
  • Video of royal visit to Garden Show exhibit updated to add some photos and now in HQ! (17/6/09)

A high level view of the garden

At long last we have managed to find a high point (a handy hydraulic platform) to get a picture of (almost!) the whole garden. Our beach and barn are out of the picture to the left.


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Not quite! gardening BUT this is the view from the beach in the garden.


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Our new poly-tunnel shown in the height of summer with the watering system making life easier..


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  Our second poly tunnel (84ft long!) was filled with 3 rows of raised-beds  and an overhead  watering system has been installed. Vast amounts of all kinds of vegetables have been grown - tomatoes, squashes, cucumbers.strawberries, beetroot, turnip, basil, runner beans, maize, pumpkins, peppers, courgettes, chillies, garlic and aubergines are just a partial list. You almost needed a guide to find your way through the tunnel! 


OGF - "leading the way for sustainable communities" ... but walking in the footsteps of Charles Darwin who concluded in 1866
"It may be doubted whether there are many other animals which have played so important a part as the lowly earthworm, in the history of the world...".


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