It is not often that a Ranger get invited to a Bloom AGM, but we snuck in under the Path group remit as they are the umbrella organisation. What I hadn’t appreciated was that the Bloom Group is 25 years old, so we all got a bit of cake!
This group has achieved a lot over the 25 years but like all groups they need more volunteers and in their own words of their success and plea….
“Pitlochry in Bloom will be 25 years old this year.
I have been the Secretary of Pitlochry in Bloom for just over a year. I was quite new to the Committee and certainly had not realised what this Committee (The Bloomers) had done for the town over these years. They have worked tirelessly in Pitlochry since 1993, winning numerous awards and looking after the local environment, along with a band of volunteers and local groups including the Litter Pick Group and the Path Group. Were you aware of some of their work ?
Let me list some of them here for you.
- The three stone signs at each of the entrances to the town welcoming you to Pitlochry;
- The bed with the postman on his penny farthing beside the sorting office;
- The bed with the whisky still in the middle opposite Aldour;
- The fisherman in his boat just before the railway bridge;
- The Victorian nanny with her pram at the other side of the railway bridge;
- The stone loving seat opposite the scout hut;
- The four large round metal
- Containers at the War Memorial and the four metal benches depicting soldiers from the First World War;
- The Victorian flower seller outside the RBS bank and the Porter at the station.
This is only some of the work Pitlochry in Bloom have done with fundraising and securing different grants. BUT they all have to be weeded, planted and repaired and this is down to a very dwindling band of our superb volunteers.
The benefits the town receives are incalculable and I am sure you have all seen the tourists who come and take many photos and memories back home and describe Pitlochry as a beautiful, clean and welcoming town with its Summer Hanging Baskets and various floral displays and excellent path network.
The “Bloomers” urgently need some more local participation in order to continue. This is a very urgent appeal and without some new people stepping forward our survival is in doubt.
It would be tragic if this was to come to an end and all the flowers disappeared.
Please get in touch with me if you are able to offer some of your time to help this very worthwhile Committee, either as a volunteer to help with gardening or bring new energy to our Committee.