IT’S been a challenging 12 months for the gardeners of Eglinton Growers in Kilwinning.

On top of the pressures of finding supplies to tend to their plots during lockdown, they had to endure their plots being underwater due to drainage problems.

But now, having worked together to fix that problem, they are looking at the future of the allotments and have some ambitious plans for this community garden.

And the plans look set to transform Eglinton Growers, opening it up more to the communities within North Ayrshire.

The allotments already have a community orchard where fruit trees have been planted and raised beds full of fruit and vegetables are there for the North Ayrshire Foodbank.

This area of the gardens will be expanded with more polytunnels for

more fresh fruit and vegetables for the public to enjoy.

The plans, already with an architect, also include a children’s garden with a bird feeding station and an octagonal glasshouse to be installed.

A picnic area for the community to visit and enjoy the surroundings is also included.

A sensory garden with scented herbs and plants that appeal to smell and touch as well as a quiet corner to allow visitors to sit back and enjoy the tranquility of the gardens will feature.

There will also be a wildflower meadow with a viewing platform to encourage visitors to admire wildlife.

Chairman Ian Lakey said: “We are working on the plans and it will be great to see them happening.

“We have a clear vision for Eglinton Growers.”