Revamped Rothesay garden space re-opened

The HELP Project team - plus helper and local community councillor Iain Gillespie - who have breathed new life into a long-neglected garden space in the centre of Rothesay.
The HELP Project team - plus helper and local community councillor Iain Gillespie - who have breathed new life into a long-neglected garden space in the centre of Rothesay.

A long-neglected garden space in the centre of Rothesay was re-opened on Saturday after a revamp lasting several months.

The area on the corner of Stuart Street and Mill Street, opposite Rothesay Library, has been given a new lease of life thanks to the work of the HELP Project, a scheme for vulnerable young people in Bute and Cowal, with financial support from the National Lottery and practical assistance from local community councillor Iain Gillespie.

The centrepiece of Saturday’s re-opening was the naming ceremony for the new ‘Rothesay Rabbit’ - a rabbit carved from the trunk of what is left of a tree cut down to help with the regeneration of the site, which was originally landscaped in the early 1980s but has suffered from a lack of maintenance since then.

The ‘rabbit’ was carved by local Argyll and Bute Council garden worker Mark Wasley, who was among those watching as the winning entry was announced in the ‘Name the Rabbit’ competition among local children.

The winning entry was that of Kayla Thomas, who suggested the rabbit should be named Herbert Hopalot.