Green-fingered challenge for groups

The members of Cree Valley Community Council want the many flower beds dotted around the town of Newton Stewart to be taken over and developed by community groups.

At Monday evening’s meeting in the McMillan Hall, community councillor Anthony Berretti was enthusiastic about “getting the community involved in the town” by having groups take ownership of various flowers beds, then plant them out and perhaps have a competition to decide the best floral display. He added: “There is no shortage of knowledgeable people in the town to take charge of this. Newton Stewart Initiative could get involved and could find funding from outside the region.”

Mid Galloway Councillor Jim McColm added that the council were offering flowers for planting so there would be no expense for groups there. The flower beds are opposite the police station, the fire station and the Glencairn Hotel; Albert Street Gardens; Dashwood Square, the War Memorial and in the Monument Gardens.