Everyone was welcome as the Erskine Allotment celebrated its 40th birthday on Saturday.

Politicians and visitors of all ages turned out to support the group for the special occasion. 

Gavin Newlands, the town’s MP, and councillors Michelle Campbell and Iain Nicolson gave their support as guests enjoyed a whole host of entertainment despite the typical Scottish weather.

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As well as opening a brand new orchard to mark the occasion, there was tombola, games for kids, and members were able to sell some of their produce grown over the last few months. 

And for Ros Scott, chair of the allotment, the success on the day was well worth the hard work over the summer to have the orchard ready in time. 

She said: “Our doors are always open for visitors to come and see the allotment. 

“On Saturday, whilst it’s hard to say how many people were there, we opened our doors at 10.15am and still had people queuing to get in at half past. 

“Everyone had a great time, despite the weather.

“The orchard was hard work and we only finished it last week. 

“But, thanks to the funding from the Postcode Lottery, it turned out really great.” 

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The Erskine Allotment is a registered charity made up of 42 plots of various shapes and sizes.

Anyone can apply to join the waiting list for a plot and for more information on how to do so, visit erskineallotments.wordpress.com.