SPONSORS and volunteers braved the rain to see the commemorative plaque which has completed the Cowie Mill town Gateway project at one of the main roads into Stonehaven.
The plaque marks the end of the project which started in February this year by local voluntary group Horizon, and which has taken a piece of, what convenor Rosemary Clark described as, “wasteland,” and turned it into a welcoming sight.
The gateway consists of a large piece of granite which has the words, “Welcome to Stonehaven,” on it in metalwork which was created by one of the sponsors, Eddie Petrie from Scroll Products Laurencekirk.
The ground around the granite has also been rejuvenated with gravel, flowers and trees replacing the unruly grass and weeds.
It was local mum, Ruth Sterk who contacted Horizon about the piece of land in the hope that they would be able to do something to improve it.
She explained, “I hated walking past this piece of land. The path was very narrow and everything was overgrown.” Whilst walking her two daughters to school, Anna and Rosie, Ruth often had to go onto the road to get past the overgrown area.
This was not her only reason for enlisting Horizon’s help she also said, “I also felt it really needed a clear-up as it is at one of the entrances into the town.”
After being contacted Horizon decided to take on the project and the result is a very welcoming entrance into the town of Stonehaven.
But not only has the project made the area more welcoming it is also helping to make the area more safe, Ruth Sterk explained, “Because this now looks more like an inhabited area the traffic has slowed down when coming past, this is great as the trucks used to sometimes come thundering by.”
The plaque which was unveiled on Tuesday, and marks the projects completion, lists the names of the sponsors who helped to make the project possible these were; The Stonehaven Rotary Club, Aberdeenshire council, Richard Homan Baird; Alex Catanach Landscape contractor, Stonehaven; Eddie Petrie, Scroll Products, Laurencekirk and The Alpine and grass nursery, Spalding.
The Cowie Mill town Gateway project is just the latest in a long list of projects which have been completed by the voluntary group since it was formed in 2004.
The group aims to improve the local environment and make Stonehaven a more pleasant place to live and visit.
The group are at the moment helping Stonehaven prepare for the judging of the beautiful Scotland award and there is no doubt that the improvement of the site at Cowie Mill will help to ensure the success of previous years is continued.