More than 1 million bulbs and wildflowers planted in Midlothian

Friday April 5th 2024


From left to right, Land & Countryside Manager Justin Venton, gardeners Colin Bryson and Rory MacKenzie, Cabinet Member with responsibility for green spaces Councillor Dianne Alexander and gardeners Brian Scott and David McMahon.

Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Parks and roundabouts across Midlothian are awash with colour thanks to the council’s Land and Countryside teams who are maintaining more than 1 million bulbs and wildflowers planted last year.

The council used money from the Scottish Government’s Nature Restoration Fund to buy and plant 1,184,670 butterfly and bee friendly bulbs.

Midlothian Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for green spaces, Councillor Dianne Alexander came to Riverside Park in Dalkeith to enjoy the crocuses and thank just some of the gardening team.

She said: “It feels as though it’s been grey and raining for weeks now but thanks to this ambitious initiative in the autumn of 2023, more than 20 parks and roundabouts are bursting with colour.

“I’m sure it’s helping lift everyone’s spirits as we wait for the better spring weather. A huge thank you to everyone involved in this project to plant more than one million bulbs for our communities. Many of the flowers will bloom again and again so they’ll be giving pleasure for years to come.”

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