BLOOMING MARVELS

Members of Milngavie in Bloom with staff from Black & Lizars next to the planter the opticians store have sponsored. L-R: Rona Macleod, Mike Baxter, Heather Lindsay, Fay Pascoe, Laura McCabe, Kathleen Nelson. Saturday, July 23 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark
Members of Milngavie in Bloom with staff from Black & Lizars next to the planter the opticians store have sponsored. L-R: Rona Macleod, Mike Baxter, Heather Lindsay, Fay Pascoe, Laura McCabe, Kathleen Nelson. Saturday, July 23 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark

MILNGAVIE is looking blooming marvellous thanks to a voluntary organisation which has given itself the task of making the town a better place to live.

Milngavie in Bloom was set up in 2008 by a group of like-minded people who give up their own time to make sure the town always looks its best.

They have already put six planters in and around the town centre and added another two this summer, including the first one to be sponsored by a local business, Black and Lizars on Main Street.

The other one was made possible by a grant of £500 from East Dunbartonshire Council’s Provost’s Ward Fund. Both areas had become a bit unsightly as some trees had died.

Jane Murray, Black and Lizars practice manager, said: “The planter looks beautiful, it brightens up the precinct and has been admired by many of our patients.”

Milngavie in Bloom would be delighted to hear from other businesses who would like to help provide more containers.

The group, joined by MP Jo Swinson, also helped to prune and weed the garden at Lennox Avenue Sheltered Housing Complex in Milngavie on Saturday.

They have also been working with traders and East Dunbartonshire Council on operation ‘Clean Sweep’ for the past few months to remove litter and tidy up the area on a regular basis.

On top of all this Milngavie in Bloom is preparing for this year’s Beautiful Scotland’s ‘Scotland in Bloom’ competition in the large town category.

Last year they were awarded Level 5 Outstanding in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Campaign and they felt it was time to enter the main competition this year.

Thelma Will, vice chair of Milngavie in Bloom, said: “We’ve been working all over the village to tidy up, plant up and grow plants and shrubs. This is a big job and we will be up against some of the more established in Bloom towns like Pitlochry.

“As this is our first year in the big competition Milngavie may seem more like work in progress than the finished article. An eagle eye will be turned to not only our horticultural achievements but environmental responsibility and community participation.”

The judging will be carried out on August 9, residents can enter a road or area which they feel proud of, email milngavie-in-bloom@hotmail.co.uk or phone 0141 956 2198.