Planting plea for the recovery of Boyle Park

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Forfar in Flower has made an appeal to groups and individuals to come forward to help try to bring the Boyle Park back to its former glory.

The park, which in its heyday was one of the best public parks in Angus, has suffered due to council cutbacks, with borders overgrown and flowers ripped out of beds which the council had planned to grass over.

Eleanor Gledhill in the Boyle Park with the empty flower beds in the background.. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES'No use without payment.

Eleanor Gledhill in the Boyle Park with the empty flower beds in the background.. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES'No use without payment.

However, Forfar in Flower hopes to bring some colour back to the entrance to the park by creating nine flower beds.

The group, along with Forfar Garden Club and Forfar Rotary, has already agreed to take responsibility for a bed each.

Eleanor Gledhill, secretary of Forfar in Flower said: “It was my sister who suggested we do something with the flower beds. Groups or individuals could plant up their beds with anything they like - flowering shrubs, formal beds, perennial plants.

“We are also getting the men and women from Community Payback to clear out the weeds from the borders and we hope the pergola 
will be re-painted.

“It is such a shame that it has been a lovely summer and the beds are sitting empty. Each bed is two metres by two metres. We have to find six other interested parties willing to come along and to plant winter bedding in the winter and summer bedding in the summer; the design is completely up to them.

“By having differently designed beds the public will be able to see which plants are flourishing and, overall, it will be a far cheerier place.”

Anyone wishing to get involved is asked to contact Eleanor on Forfar 469090 or Lynne Devine on 473000 or 07827 986672.

When asked to comment on the latest project undertaken by Forfar in Flower a spokeswoman for Angus Council said: “We have enjoyed working with the group who have completed a number of successful projects in collaboration with council staff.

“Projects we’ve worked on include the leisure centre entrance, West Port raised beds and the installation of planters and hanging baskets throughout the town.

“Their efforts have ensured that floral displays initially earmarked for removal are being retained and improved for all to enjoy.”

Watch our video of Forfar in Flower’s plans on our websites - www.forfardispatch.co.uk or www.kirriemuirherald.co.uk