Bloom­ing fine show for flo­ral judges

Res­i­dents con­cerned for chil­drens’ safety

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FAMILY MEMORIES - By Thomas Mack­in­tosh

RES­I­DENTS to­day hit out at the num­ber of storm-dam­aged trees still wait­ing to be cleared across Aberdeen.

In May this year, the North-east was bat­tered by gale force winds which saw 500 trees up­rooted across the city.

And weeks on, res­i­dents said to­day they were still wait­ing for them to be cleared.

Al­lan Park in Cults still has a num­ber of trees sprawled across pic­nic benches, paths and the cricket pitch.

Con­cerned dad Hamish Suther­land spoke of his wor­ries over the de­bris left by the storm. MORE than 100 hang­ing bas­kets and flower pots will be in place for the visit to Aberdeen next week of Beau­ti­ful Scot­land judges. Peter­cul­ter and Dyce have both en­tered the con­test, along­side five other Scot­tish com­mu­ni­ties.

Cul­ter in Bloom chair­man Erik Stien said: “Al­though the poor sum­mer hasn’t helped our dis­play we’re hop­ing to do at least as well as we did last year

The 42-year-old dad of two said: “It’s a haz­ard for chil­dren. It’s a temp­ta­tion for the chil­dren to climb on, and they could do se­ri­ous dam­age to them­selves.

“I would urge the coun­cil to clear the trees, es­pe­cially in an en­vi­ron­ment whe r e c h i l d r e n a r e ex­pected to play.”

Trea­surer for Cults Cricket Club, Ian Suther­land, also ex­pressed his concern.

The for­mer Cults Academy pupil said: “The trees have been here for a num­ber of weeks re­strict­ing ac­cess to cer­tain path­ways and over the chil­dren’s play area.

“It is con­cern­ing as chil­dren climb on the trees, which is a haz­ard. when we won a Sil­ver Gilt award.” Judges will stop at Peter­cul­ter on Mon­day to as­sess their en­try.

Mr Stien said trees and wild­flow­ers were re­cently planted in Corona­tion Park and the Cul­ter School gar­den.

Judges will also see the Cul­ter in Bloom poly­tun­nel at Ken­nery Farm, where most of the group’s sum­mer plants are grown.

Mr Stien will show judges plans for

“The con­di­tion of Al­lan Park surely mer­its a pri­or­ity clean up. A lo­cal res­i­dent even had to take a chain­saw to the branches, be­cause they were ob­struct­ing cer­tain ar­eas of the park.”

Coun­cil­lor for Lower Dee­side Marie Boul­ton ad­mit­ted that due to the sheer num­ber in­volved it has been dif­fi­cult for the work­ers try­ing to clear the trees. She added: “It is un­for­tu­nate that they are still there. How­ever, I sym­pa­thise with the work­ers as their hands are tied.

“It is prob­a­bly down to a pri­or­ity list, but I am more than happy to speak to the ap­pro­pri­ate peo­ple to en­sure that Al­lan Park is cleaned up.”

A spokesman

for a sculp­ture wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to Peter­cul­ter from Royal Dee­side.

Marycul­ter de­signer Ian An­der­son wants to put an art­work, which has not yet been de­signed, on the em­bank­ment next to the Rob Roy bridge.

Mr Stien said: “We’re con­fi­dent Ian will give us a de­sign which will rep­re­sent Cul­ter favourably to res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike.”

Judges will visit Dyce on Tues­day. Aberdeen City Coun­cil said: “More than 500 trees at 300 lo­ca­tions were top­pled or badly dam­aged dur­ing the storm of May 23.

“Grounds staff are work­ing their way across the city as quickly as re­sources and ca­pac­ity will al­low to deal with the dam­age in pri­or­ity or­der.

“It will take the teams around six months to deal with all the dam­age.”

He said staff would as­sess the ur­gency of the work re­quired at Al­lan Park shortly.

HAZ­ARD: Hamish Suther­land with daugh­ters Jamie, 7, and Alex, 5, at Al­lan Park, Cults . WORRY: Par­ents fear fallen trees at Al­lan Park could prove dan­ger­ous if young­sters climb on them.

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