Great response to Forfar in Flower

Members of Forfar in Flower prepare to hang baskets around the Municipal Building at The Cross.

Members of Forfar in Flower prepare to hang baskets around the Municipal Building at The Cross.

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A team of volunteers have been busy in the last week, working together to brighten up the streets of Forfar with floral displays.

The successful Forfar in Flower project has brought together keen gardeners, primary school pupils, clients at the Lilybank Resource Centre and local businesses who all had one goal - to bring some colour to the town.

The initiative was led by Angus Councillor Lynne Devine, who initially ‘planted the seed’ for the idea.

At this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council, councillor Devine praised all those who had got involved, and thanked in particular Eleanor Gledhill, chairman of Forfar and District Gardening Club.

She said: “A lot of people have commented on it fairly favourably and hopefully this will spur people on.

Community Councillor Alastair Cormie paid tribute to those who had started the project stating: “They should all be congratulated”

Community Council chairman Mrs Isobel Ross also welcomed the project stating the town was looking “really good”.

Eleven volunteers have been busy attaching floral plant tubs to down-pipes in Castle Street and the high Street, with businesses buying the planters for £10. Many have taken over responsibility for watering those outside their premises. The Forfar in Flower group also planted up five floral ‘trees’ - three at The Cross, one in Castle Street and one near the East and Old Parish Church gates.

Councillor Devine said: “All the plants were donated by Ferngreen Garden Centre. The lobelia was brought on by pupils at Strathmore Primary School and were planted by the children and the other plants donated by Ferngreen, were brought on by members of Forfar in Flower.

“I am really pleased with how the project has gone and people are making such nice comments. When these plants are finished at the end of the summer we will be under-planting with spring flowers.”