Rooting out eyesore sites in Forfar

Iris and Kim Miller tackle one of the overgrown flower beds in Craig O'Loch Road.
Iris and Kim Miller tackle one of the overgrown flower beds in Craig O'Loch Road.

Two over-grown flower beds at the entrance to Forfar Loch Country Park have been transformed over-night, thanks to volunteers.

Members of the Forfar in Flower group, Forfar and District Gardening Club, Forfar Community Council and other helpers got to work on Thursday evening; in a little over two hours they gave the area an incredible make-over.

Trees were removed and bags of rubbish and weeds were up-lifted, leaving in place two flower beds which will now be planted up to make the area more attractive.

The overgrown shrubs have posed problems for nearby residents, whose daylight has been blocked, as well as caravanners who have been known to drive past the entrance to the caravan park - some ending up at Turfbeg.

Angus Councillor Lynne Devine, chairman of Forfar in Flower who was among the team of workers, said group members met with staff from Angus Council’s parks department and identified the two pieces of land.

She said: “We were looking at different areas of the town where planting may not be up to scratch and prioritised that one. It is so important being the entrance to the caravan park and leisure centre.

“We had two licensed guys with chainsaws working with us and the council picked up what we cut down and will take the stumps out. We are going to put in a mixture of perennial and spring plantings, possibly heathers, we’ve still not decided. We all enjoyed ourselves, although it was hard work.”

Commenting on the group’s work, a spokeswoman for Angus Council said: “We have been working with Forfar in Flower to clean up and replant two areas at the entrance to Lochside. The group cleared out and cut down shrubberies and we removed all the debris. We welcome the support of the group and will continue to work with them to carry out replanting and tidying up work in the town.”