Flower Power in Midlothian

Monday July 3rd 2017

Kings Park Flower Beds Grassed Over

As previously reported in Midlothian View some of the flower beds in King’s Park Dalkeith have been grassed over due to budget cuts. Local community groups and residents are now being offered the chance to adopt and maintain flower beds in King’s Park.

Councillor John Hackett is also inviting locals to join him for a discussion about how the council can support volunteering options at parks across the county, starting on Tuesday 11 July at King’s Park.

Three beds have been set aside and there has already been some interest by local groups to support the scheme.

The beds will be maintained by the group and a plaque can be inserted in recognition of the group’s work. The council will provide the flowers for any interested groups.

The King’s Park meeting on 11 July will be held at the Bowling Green Pavilion and will start at 6pm.

Councillor John Hackett, Cabinet Member for Commercial Operation, said:

“The previous Council Administration cut the flowerbed maintenance budget by 50% leading to some beds being grassed over in King’s Park and other parks in the County.

“As the new Cabinet Member responsible for Parks and Countryside, I am keen to explore how our local communities can encourage and support volunteers to help maintain their local Parks. This is more than just replacing a shrinking budget – it is about creating a sense of community and building civic pride in our public spaces.

“I would invite any local resident or community group along to join me and Officers in a discussion on how Midlothian Council could support your volunteering activity in King’s Park.”

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