Birley Bush garden in Kemnay continues to flourish
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Birley Bush community garden and allotments at Kemnay was fairly buzzing with activity on Saturday.
Since its creation out of a barren 'orphan' space this venture has flourished just like the many flowers, plants, trees and shrubs that now populate it.
One of the founders Sue Wainman explained: "We wanted it to be a place where we can play, grow, plan, discuss, gain skills, laugh, find friends and grow as a group and as individuals:"
Birley Bush certainly now ticks all the boxes.
One visitor on Saturday was Rosa Lopez with baby Emma who had come to donate a fruit tree.
A loquat she had grown from seed in Spain and which her mother in Barcelona had tended and then sent over to Kemnay is now happily ensonced in a sunny spot.
The sweet sound of an accoustic guitar was an added pleasure to the ear and was supplied by local song/writer/poet Aaron Jones pleased to be back in business after the long Covid absence of engagements.
Greener Kemnay's Sarah Temple was delighted with the days attendances.
She said:" One positive thing about Covid lock-downs is that it got so many people interested in gardening and taking it up with great enthusiasm."
Castle Fraser head gardener Ruth Wardle had an appreciative audience for her Q&A talk on soil and home composting, passing round coffee jars of samples for folk to examine.
One of Birley Bush senior gardeners Douglas Barclay enjoyed a morning planting tatties and onions (his favourite vegetables) with some help from Sue Wainman.
Visitors also enjoyed a barbeque, a treasure hunt and were invited to help recover the community garden's poly tunnel.