Seed planted to get Forfar blooming

A RALLYING call has gone out to the Forfar community to get on board to make Forfar bloom.

Angus Councillor Lynne Devine is leading a campaign to brighten up Forfar streets with flowers and planters - and now the seed has been planted she is hoping it will grow into something big and beautiful.

At this month’s meeting of Forfar Community Council she said her appeal the previous month had attracted some success.

The Forfar Garden Club had come on board, as had the Lilybank Resource Centre.

Two local businessmen had also come forward to support her project and she was hoping to now build on this.

She told the meeting: “Michael Ower of Ferngreen and Stuart Atkinson of the North Street Chip Shop have been in touch.

“Stuart has asked if he can take responsibility for the raised bed at the top of Victoria Street. We may not go down the route of hanging baskets but it all depends on who we have on board. I just want the town to look nice for everybody.”

Afterwards she told the “Dispatch and Herald”: “It is early days but we have got to start somewhere. I have been in touch with Melvyn Lynch at Forfar Academy and he is quite happy for the school to get involved.

“If we don’t go down the route of baskets, which might be too hard for us, then the school could make something for us. Eleanor Gledhill of the Forfar and District Garden Club has been looking at “metal trees” which have hanging baskets on them. They are low and are easily watered. It is great that the Lilybank Resource Centre, Michael Ower of Ferngreen and Stuart Atkinson have got in touch. It’s a great start and I am really pleased that people are pointing out things that can be done and are prepared to go out and do it.

“You see these things on television of little villages and towns, particularly in England, where people see a bit of ground and go and plant things like cabbages on it; they don’t keep going to the council. We are just starting this”

Anyone willing to get involved is asked to contact Councillor Devine by e-mail on or phone 07827 986 672.