Dobbies’ generous gift

CARNOUSTIE’S main shopping area of the High Street and Dundee Street is set for a blaze of colour this summer thanks to the efforts of Carnoustie Community Council and garden centre giant Dobbies.

Community councillors Ed Oswald and Bill Bowles had visited the local Dobbies earlier this month optimistic that they could help in some way towards the town’s summer floral display.

Bill explained: “Ed and I visited in the hope that Dobbies might be able to donate some plants towards our existing displays but we were astonished when they offered to contribute 40 hanging baskets free of charge.

“This is an incredibly generous gesture by Dobbies which will certainly brighten up the town over the whole summer period. All we need to do now is source appropriate brackets for the baskets, so if anyone has 40 brackets lying around they no longer need, please let us know!”

Following budget cuts in 2009, Angus Council slashed the number of hanging baskets it supplied and maintained in Carnoustie from 70, including 48 sponsored by local shops and businesses, to 22.

This week the community council’s Sue McMahon and Kirsty MacDonald visited local retail outlets to gauge the level of support for new hanging baskets outside their shops.

Sue said: “The response from local shopkeepers and businesses is fantastic. Almost everyone in the main street wants baskets to bring some colour to the front their premises and all have agreed to water and maintain their baskets so there is no on-going cost to the community.

“With an influx of visitors expected for the Ladies’ Open in July, it would be tremendous if local householders along the main street could also organise some sort of floral display outside their homes to help bring a real splash of colour to the town this summer.”

The community council hopes to have the baskets erected and planted by the beginning of May.