Nicola kisses Prince Charming
A young lady stole the show at an inspiring garden – by planting a big smacker on Prince Charles.
Bold as brass Nicole Kay leapt to her feet when the Prince, a keen plantsman, neared the end of the polytunnel.
Nicole, 23, had been sitting with friends potting pansies when Duchess Camilla reached her first during the visit to Netherthird Community Garden in Cumnock on Thursday.
And naughty Camilla actually prompted Nicole into action, whispering to her: “Hello, how are you?
“Would you like to meet my husband?”
To the joy of everyone around, Nicole shouted “Charles” , got up and raced over to him, throwing her arms around him and giving him the royal kiss.
Nicole, of the Riverside Centre adults group, helps with garden tasks every Monday on the 2.4 acre plot, including her favourite carrots.
She said: “Prince Charles and Camilla were really nice.”
Garden founder Maggie Campbell and other volunteers had to erect gazebos for the visit as the rain lashed down.
The Prince was particularly keen to examine the produce such as carrots and cabbages and tomatoes.
The former cow meadow on the edge of Netherthird was turned into a haven for local people fed up with petty bad behaviour.
As well as show beds for flowers and veg, paths and wooden shelters and potting sheds have been built and a nature trail formed round the outside.
The Netherthird Nursery uses it every day as do many mums.
It’s become such a standard that in June it hosted its first ever charity open day through Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and national organiser Terrill Dobson labelled it “wonderful.”
The Duchess of Rothesay is the President of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and the Prince Charles’ Foundation recently provided funding for a wooden gazebo.
Camilla also stopped to meet two Jack Russell dogs – Junior and Archie – as they reminded her of her own dogs.
Junior is Maggie Campbell’s dog and is the official mascot of the garden.
Ian Marshall, 70, comes to the garden most days to keep an eye on the tomato crop.
The retired joiner from Netherthird has been helping for four years, and created the flower beds.
Ian said: “They asked what we do with the produce and I said some goes to the community café and well as people who want it.”
Before the royal couple headed back to Dumfries House Ella McAllister, 9, presented them with a posy of garden flowers and boys Aiden Hastie, 8, and Robert Murray, 13, with a basket of finest veg produce.
All the kids are dedicated helpers at Netherthird and Ella was singled out because she is “always smiling and always caring.”
Ella revealed: “My wee brother Jordan was too scared to tell Prince Charles my dad Iain was the best bowler in the world. So I did it!”
Maggie’s son Jamie runs Netherthird Community Action Training which helps dozens of youngsters with poor chances of getting a job gain horticultural skills.
Maggie summed it up: “The royal couple have worked so hard to improve and develop our surrounding towns and villages.
“This visit means so much to all the volunteers and to the people from our community.”
Touching Kids from Netherthird Nursery waved their flags
Barking Charles and Camilla meet garden mascot Junior the Jack Russell
Nice crop Tomato king Ian Marshall shares a joke
Great face This Netherthird Nursery girl enjoyed the moment
Perfect produce Robert Murray, Aiden Hastie and Ella McAllister were chosen to make the presentation of flowers and veg
Put it there Garden founder Marggie Campbell welcomes the Prince