Busy summer with Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living

Busy planting at the traine station

Busy planting at the traine station

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The Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living Network gardening group for older people has been busy this gardening season at their edibles based projects.

The Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living Network gardening group for older people has been busy this gardening season at their edibles based projects.

Projects include Benholm Mill, Queen Elizabeth Court, Fettercairn, and also Laurencekirk train station planters.

There has been a good harvest of fruit and vegetables and the group members have been taking fresh produce home to eat, which will also be used for their cookery sessions later in the year.

Bernie Dawks gardening project worker said: “The planters at Laurencekirk Train station, for which the group are the nominated Scotrail adopters, have each been planted with its own interesting edible theme based upon the plants used within the container, including “pod pot” and “pizza pot”. We hope our planters will offer commuters and visitors to the train station some ideas in container and edible gardening.”

Planters have been generating a lot of interest from commuters and others using the train station, and the group also proud to receive a certificate in the Laurencekirk Beautiful Gardens Competition this year.

Bernie added: “Unfortunately there was some vandalism of out teapots at the station, but Scotrail have carried out excellent work to find the culprits for the incident, thanks to CCTV, and so we will be replacing our teapots and plants very soon.

“We are also preparing a leaflet with information about each pot’s unique planting at the train station, and we will leave a copy of this on display at the station, as well as distributing our leaflets to community and business venues in the area. Leaflets will also be available to collect from our office in Laurencekirk.”

Joint gardening activities have also taken place with Laurencekirk primary school and Marykirk School gardening clubs, where the group helped the pupils sow wildflower seeds and plant edibles in the school grounds and also at Co-op car park grounds.

The gardening group is for older people, with the aim of promoting social inclusion and keeping healthy and active.

There is also a garden maintenance service for older people who would like some help with their garden. The gardening group meets weekly on Monday afternoons, and are looking for volunteers to help with transport for the group, and to assist with the gardening activities. If you have some time to spare to help, and have an interest in gardening or working with older people then please contact Bernie Dawks, gardening project worker. Mearns and Coastal Healthy Living Network, 44 High Street, Laurencekirk. AB30 1AB tel 01561 378130.

Email – mchln.berniedawks@gmail.com