Banff Vinery to become valuable health and wellbeing space as lease is approved

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Members from Aberdeenshire Council’s Banff and Buchan area committee have approved a 25-year lease agreement for the Vinery in Banff.

Aberdeen Foyer will take over the derelict Vinery buildings, following a highly positive public consultation surrounding their proposals.

The site, in Airlie Gardens, is to become a gardening and growing project, inviting the community to both visit and work there.

Community involvement has been central in the renovation plans and will continue to remain at the heart of the project as it moves forward.

The new Vinery, originally built to grow grapes and gifted to the town by the Duff family, should also increase biodiversity in the area.

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The Vinery. Picture by Jason Hedges.

Banff and Buchan area committee chairwoman Doreen Mair said: “The consultation feedback clearly demonstrated that there is a strong desire to see retention of the building’s traditional character and full public accessibility which, of course, is our intention.”

Aberdeen Foyer hope to create “a place where all young people and adults can be who they want to be regardless of the challenges they face today and where everyone has the right to work, learn and have a safe place to live as a valued member of their local community.”

The project is an important part of the Banff Vision and Action Plan, creating opportunities for children, young people and families to take part in valuable health and wellbeing activities.

Local councilor and chairman of the Banff Development Partnership, Glen Reynolds, said: “It was absolutely the right thing to do to seek a project led by an organisation such as the Aberdeen Foyer who have a breadth of vision to ensure that this site is transformed into a project fit for the needs and demands of a post pandemic world.

Repairs to the Vinery. Picture supplied by Aberdeenshire Council.

“As an initiative at the gateway to the town, it symbolises the inclusivity so important to the recovery of the area, addressing the mental health and wellbeing of not just Banff but the surroundings of Macduff and elsewhere.”

Following funding from the Scottish Government, works are underway and are expected to be completed by March 2022.

The gardens of the property will remain open to the public while an official application is made to the Sheriff to lease the land.



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