Weed warriors campaign to ‘Bring Back the Boat’

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By Mark Davey

A pair of green fingered amateur gardeners are campaigning to return an old boat planter to the entrance to Campbeltown.

Last year Catherine Dobbie and Liz Kennedy made headlines, as weed warriors when, working for two hours a week, they voluntarily cleaned up the shrub and flower beds at Campbeltown bus terminus.

At Campbeltown Community Council’s (CCC) meeting, on Tuesday evening, Ms Dobbie said that she has spoken with Zena Coffield and hopes to unite South Kintyre Development Trust (SKDT) and CCC to recruit volunteers.

In July 2017 SKDT smartened up the area behind the Fiddlers Inn withing funding from Stalled Spaces Scotland.

This year MsDobbie hopes that elbow grease and perhaps an old boat, form someone’s garden, will start the ball rolling, to ‘Bring Back the Boat’ to its rightful place opposite the Dellwood Hotel.

Ms Dobbie said: ‘I will go to the Common Good Fund and last year CCC helped with buying bulbs.

‘Volunteers will be asked to commit two hours a week, it is not a big ask.

‘No gardening knowlegdge is needed but if anyone comes with expertise that would be great.

‘We could add whisky barrels and it would end-up being more than just a boat and it would be nice to see an interpretation sign.

Ms Dobbie added that it was not their intention to take on work already done by the Argyll and Bute Council.

She said: ‘We will never touch the roundabout or Hall Street as they are beautifully maintained by the council.

‘In many other towns their roundabouts are major features sponsored by businesses.

‘We need people to be proud of the town where they live.’

Anyone interested should come to our inaugural meeting next Thursday at 7pm in the Red Cross Hall.

The Aqualibrium Avenue stalled space turned into a feature by SKDT in 2017. 25_c11boatofflowers01_Stalled_spaces