Help make Banchory even Bonnier

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Banchory folk are being urged to pledge their support to make the town’s floral displays bigger and better next year with Bonnie Banchory.

‘Bonnie Banchory’, the small volunteer group behind the town’s tubs and hanging baskets say they are desperate to recruit new members who will help improve the town and boost the floral displays next time round.

The group consists of a core of only five volunteer helpers who organise the various events throughout the year with support from a handful of helpers.

Aside from the summer displays, other events include the spring bulb planting and the annual community litter pick.

The displays are always well received and the community owes a debt of gratitude to the Scolty Centre, two stalwart volunteers Stuart Lamb and Pete Sego as well as the Raemoir Garden Centre for helping with the watering and maintenance of the baskets and tubs.

Margaret said: “It makes such a difference to the town especially for visitors seeing that we take pride in our environment. Many of the shopkeepers are supportive in planting their own baskets but several have either not planted or failed to maintain them this year which is disappointing.”

Local councillor Karen Clark a founder member of Bonnie Banchory is appealing for more volunteers to come forward and make things even better next year.

She said: “With a few extra helpers we could do so much more and extend the baskets and tubs to make a real impact. If you have an interest in keeping the town in bloom and free from litter, just a few hours a year is all it takes so please get in touch as soon as possible with myself or Margaret.” New volunteers should call Margaret on 01330 822071 or Karen on 01330 824980.