Flower power to the people of Montrose

St Margaret's Primary School pupils helped Montrose Community Council with the planting in October
St Margaret's Primary School pupils helped Montrose Community Council with the planting in October

An action plan has been set out by Montrose Community Council to make sure the town’s floral heritage is not lost.

Angus Council announced last year that it would no longer be providing flowers in several locations across Montrose as part of budget cuts, and since then Montrose Community Council has taken on the job of creating blooming displays.

The body started on The Mid Links, which is known for its beautiful circular floral displays, last October by planting spring flowers, but with summer fast approaching the community councillors have devised a plan for the area.

They will be starting with the circle nearest to Montrose Tennis Courts and will be planting perennials and turfing some areas to install seating. The work will cost around £3,000 and the community council has received a £1,500 grant from Angus Council for the work.

Councillors will then be looking at the other three circles on the Mid Links. The total cost for all three could be around £10,000 to £12,000.

Heading up the project is community councillor John Smith, who has 50 years worth of experience in horticulture, and said the vision is to create a bright, colourful and modern look.

Community councillor Michael Robinson said: “We want to restore the Mid Links to its former glory, as well as giving it an updated feel. The reason we are doing this and hope people get involved is to keep Montrose’s wonderful floral heritage.”

The Community Council will have a stall at Montrose Music Festival where the public can see the plans and speak to the group about their blooming vision.

A meeting about flowers in the town was held on Thursday by Angus Council, SAMH, Montrose Partnership and Montrose Community Council.

A new name was established for the groups, Montrose Flowers of Hope, which was felt encompasses the vision and the passion of those involved.

A spokesperson for the group said: “The planted areas are looking splendid and the hope is to ensure this continues and the places of colour grow.”

Another meeting will take place on Thursday, May 25 2015 at 2 pm in the Mums of Montrose tea rooms, Castle Place, where the groups will come together again to discuss wild flower planting, the Mid Links planting and hanging baskets.

Montrose Community Council are asking for volunteers, gardeners, sponsors and anyone with spare gardening tools who feels they can help to get in touch with Michael Robinson on 01674 958905.