A SMALL seed planted by Angus Councillor Lynne Devine to ‘Get Forfar Blooming’ is steadily growing into an exciting community project which will benefit local residents and visitors to Forfar alike.
Her impassioned plea to bring some colour into Forfar has been answered by two local businessmen, Forfar and District Gardening Club and now pupils at the Strathmore Primary School Gardening Club, and councillor Devine urges other Forfar residents to take up the challenge.
Stuart Atkinson of the North Street Chip Shop read about Lynne’s initiative in the Dispatch and has decided to “dig in” to tidy up an area of garden opposite his premises.
He said: “A lot of our customers buy a bag of chips and go across to sit on the bench. The area used to be nice but for the last couple of years it has been an absolute wilderness. It has been annoying me for a while!
“After reading about Lynne’s initiative in the Dispatch I thought we could something.”
Eleanor Gledhill and her friends at the Forfar and District Gardening Club donated some plants and other plants were supplied by Ferngreen Nursery. Stuart is also using special compost created at a wormery, which produces compost from potato waste, to fertilise the plants.
Stuart added: “I haven’t got a clue about plants but I am quite willing to do a little bit and to get involved to brighten up a wee corner of Forfar.”
Michael Ower of the Ferngreen Garden Centre has also donated a number of plug plants to the Strathmore Primary School Gardening Club and the Lilybank Resource Centre.
He said: “I have donated all the plants for all the tubs and the baskets for the Forfar and District Gardening Club. This is our way of putting something back in to the town. We are well supported by Forfar and have given the plants to start the project off. We chose plants which would suit the resources at Strathmore and the Lilybank Resource Centre. Hopefully it will be the town that benefits.”
Councillor Devine said: “It is all coming together. It would be really good if people could identify little areas they would like to plant up. This gives a wee bit of civic pride and a feeling of ownership. We need a bit more colour in the town.” If you know of a piece of land you would like to plant up please contact councillor Devine on 07827 986 672.