Horshader Community Growing Project creates jobs

Horshader Community Development has been successful in receiving grant funding to erect allotment polytunnels in the area and fund two local jobs.

The grant for the Horshader Community Growing Project comes from the Climate Challenge Fund and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

A full time Project Worker will be responsible for the growing unit and producing a plan for providing fresh fruit and vegetables which will be distributed through a market garden initiative.

A part time Outreach Officer will also be employed and be responsible for organising and delivering a programme of events and activities to encourage the reduction of carbon emissions.

Angela Macleod, from Horshader, commented: “This is a grass roots initiative from our community and we are delighted to be able to work with both the Climate Challenge Fund and the Western Isles Council, on this exciting project which will benefit our community environmentally, socially and economically.”

The polycrubs, partly made out of recycled feed pipe from salmon farms, will be sourced from Nortenergy in Shetland where they have withstood gales of up to force 12.

Cllr Archie Campbell, the Comhairle’s Sustainable Development Committee Chair, said the Horshader project represents value on “several fronts”.

He continued: “The Comhairle’s Economic Development service is available to assist eligible organisations across the Outer Hebrides with their ideas for developing local communities.

“Horshader Community Development was willing to establish an innovative community-led partnership through the Ideas Bank to develop a sustainable project which also demonstrates efficient use of public funding, including the Climate Challenge Fund.”

The climate change fund is managed by Keep Scotland Beautiful, on behalf of the Scottish Government. David Gunn, Climate Challenge Fund Manager, said: “We congratulate Horshader Community Development and Western Isles Council on their successful Fund Application and very much look forward to working with them.”