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Garden played its part in ‘Bloom’ successes

Eileen Murray,  Linlithgow. Winner of the Best Community Garden Trophy.

Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

Eileen Murray, Linlithgow. Winner of the Best Community Garden Trophy. Image by: Malcolm McCurrach

 

Green-fingered volunteers in Linlithgow are up in arms over the removal of an award-winning garden.

The dazzling display of colour which Eileen Murray brought to Water Yett with her amazing talents and a bunch of volunteers, was a much-visited and acclaimed piece of work.

But, due to a complaint from a neighbour regarding dampness, the floral display was removed.

The allegation that West Lothian Council had ordered removal of the eye-catching exhibit was aired at a recent meeeting of the Linlithgow Town Management Group, however, this has been strenously denied.

A West Lothian Council spokesman said: “We are very supportive of the work undertaken by Eileen Murray and Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow to improve the environment of the town, with council officers working closely with local volunteers.

“We received concerns from a property in the Water Yett area regarding dampness, with suggestions that an adjacent shrub bed on council property could be a potential cause.

“It was agreed to remove a section of the shrub bed to allow the soil level to be reduced to lower than the damp proof course of the property to eliminate this as a potential factor.

“We hope to hold discussions with local residents and volunteers on plans to further improve the area environment in the future.”

Eileen declined to comment saying she didn’t want to inflame the issue, but hopes to continue her good work.

Ron Smith, chairman of Burgh Beautiful said: “Eileen’s work was much admired by a lot of people who had commented on the difference it made to the 
area.

“I know this dec ision has caused her a great deal of anguish and upset and I only hope that it hasn’t put her off for the future.”

 

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