Cross full of flo­ral colour Craigie look­ing much brighter

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

Craigie Cross has be­come a sea of colour thanks to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and green­fin­gered vol­un­teers.

Beau­ti­ful Perth has been work­ing with the busi­nesses around the Fair City fo­cal point to in­stall an ar­ray of flow­ers and new benches.

It’s the con­tin­u­a­tion of a com­mu­nity-spir­ited drive which got un­der way last year with Christ­mas lights giv­ing trees at the Cross a suit­ably fes­tive feel.

The project was put to­gether by Chic Doogan from the Ab­bots­ford Bar, Hazel Fraser from Hazel’s Flower House, Pete Chan from China China and Michael Clark from The Fish and Chip Com­pany, who also wa­ters the flow­ers on a daily ba­sis.

Chic said: “It started off with the South Perth Eco­nomic Part­ner­ship, we have reg­u­lar meet­ings in the Ab­bots­ford.

“We are do­ing lit­tle things with Pete, Hazel and Michael to put to­gether ideas and we came up with putting up Christ­mas lights last year to brighten the place up. We had a big fundraiser which was a huge suc­cess.

“Beau­ti­ful Perth got in­volved this year and gave us the planters. One of the benches we have put in is to com­mem­o­rate Gus Har­ris, who died last year.

“It re­ally has in­creased the at­mos­phere here and Craigie Cross de­serves some­thing like this to brighten things up.”

John Sum­mers, chair­man of Beau­ti­ful Perth, said the group was keen to get in­volved af­ter the suc­cess of putting up Christ­mas lights last year in Craigie.

He said: “We got in­volved be­cause the com­mu­nity did so well with the Christ­mas lights last year and there is great in­ter­est in the area.

“We thought we would add to their ef­forts by pro­vid­ing the planters and two tubs at the side and we got them planted up ear­lier in the sum­mer.

Once they have gone we will then put win­ter flow­ers in, we are in this for the long run now.”

Mon­ica Stru­aghan, trea­surer of Beau­ti­ful Perth, says Perth was only able to win a na­tional ti­tle at the Beau­ti­ful Scot­land awards – pre­sented on Thurs­day last week at a cer­e­mony in Fife – be­cause of projects like the one in Craigie.

She ex­plained: “We got the [Beau­ti­ful Scot­land] gold medal in the large town cat­e­gory. Perth did well at the awards, and it is be­cause of projects like this, that’s why we do so well.”

Coun­cil­lor Bob Band, who rep­re­sents Craigie as ward coun­cil­lor for Perth City South, added: “I con­sider Craigie to be a vil­lage be­cause of the com­mu­nity spirit in this area. It is great for Beau­ti­ful Perth to put these beau­ti­ful flow­ers in to com­ple­ment the work of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

A fundrais­ing quiz night is be­ing held at the Ab­bots­ford on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22, in aid of the Christ­mas lights.

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