Three Towns Growers have received £100,000 through North Ayrshire Council’s Community Investment Fund.

The group will use the funds to pay an environmental worker for three years as part of a wider project that has already secured £367,000 from the Big Lottery Community Fund.

Plans are also under way to build a learning centre at Elm Park Community Gardens and Allotments in Ardrossan, which will offer opportunities for local people involved in growing and work towards making the Three Towns a ‘centre of environmental excellence’.

The new, green building will also have improved access for people with disabilities, and will help to build educational links between schools, youth organisations and the wider community.

Denise McKenzie, from Three Towns Growers, said: “This funding will allow us to make the step change necessary to take forward our 3TG Inspire program, and really start making a positive impact on the Three Towns Community.

“Our group of volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past three years, and their achievements have been phenomenal. This new post will now allow them to see their aspirations fulfilled as we begin to offer workshops and qualifications on a more regular and formal basis, and our outreach program extended throughout the community.

“We are delighted to be given this opportunity.”

Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, added: “I am delighted that Three Towns Growers have been successful in their bid for Community Investment Funding.

“This ambitious project will be a real boost for the Three Towns area, providing an opportunity for residents to live healthier, more sustainable lifestyles through gardening and social interaction, as well as offering a whole range of fantastic learning opportunities that are accessible to all.”