Blooming fine show for floral judges
Residents concerned for childrens’ safety
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.”
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.