Sensory garden needs your votes!

The garden is in need of some love and attention so get voting!
The garden is in need of some love and attention so get voting!

A Banchory sensory garden is seeking the public’s help in securing funding from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.

The public will have the chance to vote for Bellfield Community Sensory Garden to receive as much as £12,000 in funding from the scheme.

Voting closes on November 13 so it’s imperative that you lodge your vote now!

Voting is done by taking a plastic token from the till and placing it in your chosen project. The project with the highest number of votes will receive £12,000, the second placed project £10,000 and the third project £8,000.

The Bellfield Rose Garden, next to the surgery was created by public subscription in 1979 and dedicated to two local doctors, Dr. Park and Dr. Lindsay.

Recently, this once-loved space has become forlorn and forgotten, and a local community group has had the idea to revitalise the space into a recreational and learning resource for the whole community.

Bonnie Banchory is currently working with Aberdeenshire Council and local experts to put plans into action. With the help of a grant from the Mary Salmond Fund, the team has already received some equipment that will allow outdoor/learning activities to take place in the garden around Spring/Summer 2017.

This includes a forest school start-up kit, young gardeners equipment, a wormery, and other outdoor equipment to help get people involved and run classes.

The hopes for the space are inspirational and include a full sensory garden, entertainment and learning spaces which all comes at a cost.

The project is supported by Banchory Horticultural Society, Bonnie Banchory and Youth Industries, but it has been recognised that the space needs significant funding to redevelop the garden to the hoped-for standard.

Following an in-depth application and a few months of waiting the team was delighted to share that the Rose Garden project had been selected as one of three local projects to receive a grant of either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme.

The Rose Garden was one of almost 3,000 applications for the scheme so the team is delighted to be receiving such financial support.

Meanwhile, if you are a member of the community or a local business who would be interested in getting involved in the redevelopment the team would love to hear from you. Please email or message the Facebook page Bellfield Rose Garden.