Vandals accused of ruining garden

Milngavie precinct, Fraser centre Boys Brigade helping to plant a garden, Milngavie in Bloom and Dobbies helping and parents'Photo Emma Mitchell'30/5/12
Milngavie precinct, Fraser centre Boys Brigade helping to plant a garden, Milngavie in Bloom and Dobbies helping and parents'Photo Emma Mitchell'30/5/12

SELFISH louts and unruly youngsters are wrecking a garden which was created for everyone to enjoy in Milngavie precinct.

Now community-minded activitists are calling on locals to rally round and give it a chance to grow.

Members of 1st/2nd Milngavie Boys’ Brigade teamed up with voluntary gardening group Milngavie in Bloom to plant the community bed – to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee – in front of the Fraser Centre at the end of May.

Flowers and plants were provided by Dobbies Garden Centre, while funding for the project design and work came from the Lottery community grants scheme Awards for All.

Since then the fencing around the bed, which was intended to be temporary, has had to be kept in place amid fears that the plants could be damaged by children running across the area or falling into it.

The fencing has been knocked down several times and the leader of the Boys’ Brigade junior section, Val Dunn, has had to replant some of the bed.

She said: “It’s been a bit disappointing and frustrating.

“The garden was created for the whole community to enjoy – we’d ask everyone to please help to give it a chance to grow.”

Heather Lindsay, spokesperson for Milngavie in Bloom, said: “We are very disappointed that the fencing has had to remain in place for so long and people who visit the precinct must also feel the same way.

“Every weekend since the garden was planted it has been vandalised by folk who seem to want to damage it for the fun of it.

“Also every afternoon after school children want to play around it – we’d urge parents to encourage their children to realise that it’s a garden to be enjoyed and not a playground.

“It was a dreadful looking untidy shrub bed before and children were used to being able to run across it.

“The Boys’ Brigade did such a fantastic job of making the area look better so we’re hoping that people will care for it now.

“So many people make positive comments about it – we hope we will soon be able to safely remove the fencing so that it can be admired as it should be.”

Milngavie in Bloom hopes that every year a different group or school can plant the bed as they wish and maintain it.

HERE WE GROW . . . Councillor Eric Gotts at the back (far left) and Councillor Jim Gibbons (far right) with members of Milngavie in Bloom, volunteers and the Boys’ Brigade after the garden was planted in the precinct.