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Tarbert’s North Harris Trust Polycrub is good to grow

The new Tarbert polycrub is ready for planting and locals are being invited to apply to take on their own patch of the North Harris Trust’s community growing space.

The project has taken around two years of preparation and included moving 10 ton of stone and 12 ton of topsoil into place. It is possible thanks to Scottish and Southern Electric Networks (SSEN), who bought the land to protect overhead lines from development, and were keen to see it put to community use.

The Polycrub was ordered in Spring 2023. A new footpath from the main road was laid last August and the Polycrub was erected in November when the ground was at its wettest and stickiest.

Since then, NHT staff have moved stone up the path for the floor of the Polycrub, timber for the raised beds and finally topsoil to fill the beds. With the help of Sir E Scott pupils, gorse has been cleared from an area for future beds.

The aim of the project is to create a growing community that can expand as time goes on. NHT will look for opportunities to secure training and further funding for the project when they become available.

There are eight beds in the “crub” and a large lazy-bed outside that NHT is looking for community members to take on.

A number of people have already expressed an interest, so an application form has been created and is available from NHT at Tigh an Urrais or online at The closing date for applications is March 31st.


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