Mini Mill garden is medal winner at Gardening Scotland annual show

BARRY Mill fans have won a medal for their mill inspired garden display at a prestigious national competition.

Steve and Nicky Burke, owners of design company Rococo Gardens displayed the set piece at the Gardening Scotland Show at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston last weekend.

The pair, who live in Barry, were awarded a silver medal for their entry, which was influenced by the architecture of Barry Mill.

The couple wanted their display to combine their gardening expertise and their regard for the beleaguered mill, in an effort to attract new visitors.

Steve said: “We are both Friends of Barry Mill and wanted to create a garden that gave visitors a bit of an idea about what they could expect to see if they visited the mill.

“Our waterwheel was based on the design of the overshot waterwheel at Barry Mill and our planting included waterside planting, wildflowers and the cottage garden planting inspired by the miller’s cottage next to the mill.”

Just like the original structure, the display mill was a green project, with a lot of the building materials coming from recycled sources.

Their efforts appear to have been appreciated by the public, and Steve added: “The feedback from visitors was very good.

“Friday was perfect weather for milling around and, although the weekend was a little cooler, the show was very well attended.”

The Friends of Barry Mill will be holding their annual Fathers Day fun event on June 19 from 1 p.m.

The day will consist of games and races for big kids and their children, such as skittles, horseshoe pitching, coconut shy, as well as sack, three-legged and wheelbarrow races. Much needed refreshments will be on sale throughout the day.

Participation costs £1 per pair and the grounds will be open all day, free of charge for walkers and picnickers, and tours will continue as normal between 1 and 5 p.m.