Cheque out from Asda!

LOANHEAD: The Kabin. Asda presents a �3000 donation towards the community garden.''Mat Danes (ASDA) presents the cheque to Irene Hogg.

LOANHEAD: The Kabin. Asda presents a �3000 donation towards the community garden.''Mat Danes (ASDA) presents the cheque to Irene Hogg.

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A MIDLOTHIAN community garden has come out top in a supermarket sweep.

The garden, next to Loanhead Community Learning Centre, was one of only three projects in Britain to receive funding from the Asda Foundation in the last six months.

Last week, Asda Straiton depute manager Mat Danes handed over the £3000 cheque to centre manager Irene Hogg for the purchase of a greenhouse as well as some small tools and equipment.

Irene said she “couldn’t believe it” when she heard that the community garden project had been successful in gaining funding from the Asda charity.

“We are going to be buying a greenhouse which will be situated within the community garden and it is going to help bring on the plants and our vegetables. It is fantastic news and it will safeguard this project after the damage done to the garden.”

Last autumn, fire caused £2000 worth of damage when a five-year-old willow structure, tyre planters and other shrubs and plants were destroyed.

Irene added that the garden had had to be completely renovated following the devastating fire and thanked a number of local garden centres for contributing some trees and shrubs to help with the revival.

Mr Danes said the funding success was “great news” for the community garden, which had been a focal point of the community for more than four years.

Loanhead and District Community Council also welcomed the funding, congratulating Asda and Mr Danes for their support.