A small contingent of green-fingered Rotarians braved the rain and the midges to help clean up and weed one of the raised planter beds at the Kilmallie community gardens in Corpach. The gardens, the principal features of which are their wheelchair accessibility and sensory qualities, were formally opened by the Princess Royal in 1999 but over the years have fallen into disrepair.  This was the third phase of the Club’s help in the restoration of the public garden. Club President Donald McCorkindale said: “The Club is always happy to lend our support to projects such as this. Through the late Rotarian Dr Su Sen who, along with many other local community champions, was one of the initiators of this visionary project, we have a long association with the community garden and we hope to continue our involvement as it moves forward”

Sarah Kennedy, Treasurer if the Kilmallie Community Centre Committee, said: “The Committee was delighted to have the support of members of The Rotary Club on Saturday 29/07/17 to help with the third session to tidy up the Gardens.  Despite the drizzle and midges, we had a very successful time in clearing one of the raised beds of all the mint that had taken over.  Bark chippings were then put all over the bed to try and help reduce the weeds from coming through.  It is now ready for some new shrubs to be purchased and planted to brighten the plot up.  Our aim is to try and bring the gardens back to a manageable level for the community in Corpach to look after and enjoy and this support from the Rotary Club has definitely helped to make this a reality!  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and help!”

The club’s “gardening correspondent” past-president Donald Young was also working at the gardens and past-president Paul Brian, in recovery mode, called to encourage and support his colleagues.  Pictured are Rotarians George Bruce, Ken Johnston, David Mee (who came equipped with his anti-midge suit !!), Flora McKee and local resident Dougie Dykes  Also pictured is the raised planter bed weeded and covered with bark chippings. The next phase is to plant shrubs and reinforce the retaining wall.