Letters, April 29 2022

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Beautiful town but room for improvements

As a Campbeltown ex-pat, on a recent visit back to our lovely wee home town, I was having a walk along the front, down to what used to be the paddling pool, and a few things got me thinking.

Firstly, the paddling pool area and what a shame it is that it’s not used for something nice.

It’s a great spot in a beautiful part of town. Could it be used as an outdoor venue for small community events, as a picnic area or pop-up outdoor restaurant space in the summer, or maybe even a community garden or allotments?

Secondly, on my walk back from the paddling pool, I was thinking about how beautiful the town looks from that angle and how lovely it is to have that nice big green space with all the picnic benches and children’s play area, with the view over to Davaar Island.

It really is such a beautiful little town and I think I realise this more with every return visit.

On striving to get the perfect photo on a recent beautiful sunny day, I was thinking that the only thing that lets down that area is the very industrial-looking railings that run along the front.

Something more decorative would really make it picture perfect. It may be something that could be considered when the time comes for them to be replaced?

Well done to everyone who keeps our wee toon looking so beautiful.

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Create a pit stop for pollinators this spring

Wildlife is in crisis – 76 per cent of butterflies in the UK have declined since 1976 – which is why I have joined forced with Butterfly Conservation to encourage people to create pit stops for pollinators this spring, and help insects get from one area of habitat to the next.

Pit stops of all sizes are needed, which means everyone can get involved, no matter how large or small the space they have available is.

Even a small plant pot on a doorstep or balcony could help provide butterflies and moths with an important foodplant or nectar.

Whether you live in a city or village, everyone can contribute to support our vital pollinating insects, and have butterflies and moths in your garden day and night.

By providing a pit stop for pollinators, you will be doing your bit for the insects that allow us to survive. Without them, we are gone. Plants aren’t pollinated and crops don’t grow. We need pollinators and we need to look after the planet for them.

A really good pit stop for pollinators will have open flowers, which are needed for adult butterflies and moths to feed on, and also some plants on which butterflies and moths can lay their eggs, and for caterpillars to feed on. Something as simple as a bunch of nettles in a sunny corner is one good way to provide this.

Alan Titchmarsh, TV gardener and vice-president of Butterfly Conservation.