A COMMUNITY garden project in Auchinleck has been presented with a Green Flag Award.

The international accolade was awarded to the Knowe Garden Centre by Keep Scotland Beautiful, which administers the scheme in Scotland.

Kaye Hannah, who manages the project for the Auchinleck Community Development Initiative, said: “The Green Flag means such a lot to our charity.

“The board, staff and volunteers are proud and delighted to get this recognition for everyone who has contributed over the years.

“We transformed a 2.5 acre piece of waste ground into a well-stocked community garden. It is a peaceful and relaxing place for everyone to enjoy in the heart of our village.

“We have planted hundreds of pollinator plants and shrubs and carbon busting trees. There is a significant increase in bees and butterflies as a result which enhances the environment.

“Our garden is for the whole community to enjoy, and we host community social events, and provide job and volunteering opportunities and training in horticulture and gardening.

“We are proud to supply plants, hanging baskets and planters to local hotels and community groups along with our rapidly growing loyal local customer base.”

Amongst the 2022 award winners across Scotland are spaces managed by local authorities, community groups and various other organisations.

Jamie Ormiston from Keep Scotland Beautiful, added: “I would like to congratulate all of Scotland’s award-winning parks.

“This prestigious international benchmark recognises all the hard work that has gone into maintaining and managing these precious green open spaces.”

“Parks attract a diverse range of visitors, all of whom look for different facilities and have different expectations. The Green Flag Award, and the collective expertise of managers and communities across Scotland, drives improvements through a framework which supports the management of our environment, our wildlife and the people who visit.