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Visitors flock to Birley Bush community garden open day in Kemnay


By Kirsty Brown

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Birley Bush garden and allotments' open day drew in visitors keen to reacquaint with the project on the edge of Kemnay.

It is four years since a sub-group of Greener Kemnay launched with the aim of creating a vibrant green space to grow greens, flowers, fruit, veg and herbs.

One of these members, Sue Wainman, said: "We wanted somewhere we could discuss, play, plan, gain skills, laugh, find friends and grow as a group and as individuals - and sometimes make mistakes which we could learn from."

Wee visitors Ruaraidh and Ruby Urquhart show off their floral art efforts at Kemnay's Birley Bush open day. Picture: Griselda McGregor
Wee visitors Ruaraidh and Ruby Urquhart show off their floral art efforts at Kemnay's Birley Bush open day. Picture: Griselda McGregor

The project has flourished with people happy to use their talents and share their imagination, enthusiasm and strengths with others.

The group has appealed to people of all ages and abilities - not only gardeners but also engineers, painters, drivers with trailers, people who can and those who once could but now need a little help and people who could pass on their experience to those who wanted to learn.

Birley Bush is available all the year round and offers a sensory and therapeutic experience.

Older generations have enjoyed the presence of youngsters from primary schools, Rainbows, Guides, Cubs and Scouts.

A handy barter system is in operation so gardeners can bring along their surplice produce in exchange for something more practical, and there is always plenty of advice on hand as Kemnay has a healthy population of green-fingered residents.


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