Local electronic company donates to Penicuik’s “Avenue of Trees”

Friday March 17th 2023


From left to right: Fraser Richardson, Provost Debbi McCall, Colin Keith, Stewart Hamilton, Gordon Slater, Nicola McEwan, in front and Kate Hanratty.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Provost Debbi McCall did the honours by helping plant the final beech sapling along Midlothian Council’s “Avenue of Trees” to mark the late Queen’s Jubilee.

On hand to help her was office manager Nicola McEwan and operations manager Kate Hanratty of local electronics firm and sponsor, Findlay Irvine

A total of 24 beech trees were planted during Phase II of the project on Rullion Road, Penicuik.

The council’s landscaping team planted 16 cherry trees on the stretch of communal grass during Phase I in April 2022.

Cllr McCall said: “It’s wonderful to think in years to come these trees will mature and be enjoyed by many more generations of local people.

“A huge thanks to Findlay Irvine for their generous donation to improve our local open spaces.”

Findlay Irvine donated £5,000 to the project and the idea for the donation was put forward by a member of staff.

When the firm could not celebrate its 60th birthday during lockdown in 2020, the staff member suggested donating the money saved to plant trees for local residents to enjoy.

The provost, Nicola and Kate were joined by staff from the council’s landscaping team

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