Brickhall and Balmanno Community Garden

Due to some phenomenal fundraising work, Volunteer group Brig in Bloom are forging ahead with their Community Garden project.  35 pupils from Dunbarney Primary and Kilgraston Schools have been interviewing residents and recording their memories, which will be used to provide a ‘listening post’ in the garden, of days gone by.  The garden will provide a haven for wildlife and offer everyone a tranquil place to relax, with landscaping plans including paths, seating, dry stone walling and the planting of traditional native species.

Residents have been sharing stories about the village’s rural heritage and farming life between the 1940s and 1960, and the heritage themed garden celebrates Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

A special celebration event took place last week in Dunbarney Church Hall, with a further event planned for next month (watch this space for details).  Everyone is invited to see the exhibition of old photographs, the children’s research and listen to people talking about life as it used to be. Afternoon teas 1950’s style, will be served by Dunbarney & Forgandenny Women’s Group.

Brig in Bloom, a member of the Take a Pride in Perthshire Association, are continuing to raise the remaining funds needed  to enable the landscaping to begin later this year.