Young people do ‘blooming’ good work

"Plantastic" Local group organised by Rotary Club and Queensferry Ambition
"Plantastic" Local group organised by Rotary Club and Queensferry Ambition

There was a hive of activity in and around Queensferry’s High Street area recently when local teenagers helped to brighten up the town.

Groups of High School pupils, Sea Cadets along with Marines from the local Port Edgar unit, busied themselves planting up summer bedding plants in the various tubs and troughs in 
locations on the High Street and The Loan.

A few older faces also assisted by helping put up 12 new hanging baskets along the High Street that were funded by local businesses.

The work was organised by a group calling themselves “Plantastic” who are all senior pupils at Queensferry Community High School.

The group was formed last June following the stepping down and ‘retirement’ of local stalwart Joyce Faulkner who for many years organised these planting activities and related fundraising events.

The pupils were supported and guided in these activities by members of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry and Queensferry Ambition.

Local Rotarian Neil McKinlay, and overall project leader said: ‘‘The Plantastic group was formed to enable a continuation of the great work undertaken by Joyce Faulkner and her team and to ensure we continue to have a lovely display of plants in the town for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.

‘‘The project provides groups of young people on a yearly rolling basis with valuable project management experience including how to obtain grant funding which was kindly provided this year by the Almond Neighbourhood Partnership.”

Neil added “The project also creates a great sense of community value within the group, and this is very much in line with our Rotary Club ethos of service above self.’’

Our photograph (right) shows High School pupils flanked by Neil McKinlay (left) and Graeme Parks (right).