A Cardross business and visitor attraction has been granted permission to open a new farm park. Ardardan Farm plan to open Monty’s Farm Park attraction next summer after being given the green light by Argyll and Bute Council. The new family-friendly farm park will offer indoor and outdoor play facilities and the chance to experience farming and farm animals up close.
Ardardan already consists of a working farm, farm shop, garden nursery and tea room and they host a range of annual family fun events including tractor rallies and scarecrow festivals. They plan to enhance all this alongside the new development that will continue to focus on food, farming and nature.
Grant and May Montgomery, the owners of Ardardan Farm found the estate derelict in 1996 after lying dormant for 15 years. After the family took on the challenge 22 years ago, they now employ 50 local people on a full and part time basis.
Now that planning consent has been granted the family hope to have construction started this side of Christmas, meaning that building works can begin in the new year with the aim of opening Monty’s Farm park by next summer.
Sue Montgomery said: “We have been doing a lot of research into the industry and looking at the best way to create a special place for local and visiting families to learn, experience and most of all have fun together while making the most of the amazing and very lucky location we have.
“From first coming up with the concept we have had great feedback and brilliant support from various professionals which has meant an awful lot to us. We have done a lot of work to get to this stage, but I guess this is where it really gets exciting.
“As a family, and team, we all have different skills which will lend themselves to different areas of Monty’s development so now the stars are starting to align, and we need to get on with the job in hand.”
The farm park will be a paid-entry attraction, though the rest of the facilities at Ardardan, including the woodland estate and farm shop, will remain free to enter as they are at present.
The planning application also outlines proposed improvements to the access to Ardardan from the A814 to account for the increase in business the owners hope to generate.
Ms Montgomery added, “Ardardan is already a big local employer which is great for the area and further expansion would be likely to bring in even more jobs.”
Source: Daily Record