Plant appeal in Rothesay open space revamp

HELP Project staff and clients, along with community volunteers, are clearing a long-neglected garden area in Rothesay town centre.
HELP Project staff and clients, along with community volunteers, are clearing a long-neglected garden area in Rothesay town centre.

A community group which is breathing new life into a long-neglected open space in the centre of Rothesay is appealing for donations of plants and shrubs to help brighten up the area.

The HELP Project, which provides ‘life skills’ support for young people in their first housing tenancies, is receiving a helping hand from Bute community councillor Iain Gillespie in regenerating the space opposite Rothesay Library, at the junction of Stuart Street and King Street - barely touched since it was originally landscaped in 1984.

Mr Gillespie said: “Hopefully we will be able to start planting during the week commencing Monday, May 3.

“We have been promised and supplied with some bedding plants, but we really need some small shrubs, though nothing will be refused.”

Mr Gillespie will be at the site in King Street every morning during the week beginning May 3 to accept any donations of plants or shrubs from members of the public.