Grab a geranium at Landale gardens

Keen gardeners are welcome to take geraniums at Landale Road gardens
Keen gardeners are welcome to take geraniums at Landale Road gardens

Green-fingered folk in Peterhead are being encouraged to grab themselves some free geraniums for overwintering from the town’s Landale Road gardens.

Usual practice is to remove the plants from the borders for composting, but there’s been a lot of local interest shown in the recycling approach.

The gardens have been a riot of colour throughout the summer, but now with the onset of the colder months it’s time to wrap up and get the perennials removed.

Ken Duncan of the Here For You Partnership, which is facilitating volunteer opportunities at the gardens, is inviting residents to come down on Wednesday, November 4, from 10am-4pm to help themselves to some free geraniums to over winter in their greenhouses.

He explained: “We have enjoyed a fantastic display from our Aberdeenshire Council-grown geraniums, but for all their beautiful displays they will not survive the fast-approaching colder weather.

“By all accounts they will do well if stored properly in greenhouses and rather than compost them we hope to create a lasting legacy for local gardeners to enjoy in summers to come.

“We only have a brief window on Wednesday to get them all out so thereafter the remainder will be heading for the compost heap.”

Pots and trays will be provided but bring along your own gloves and trowels to help yourself.

There has again been strong community shown for the regeneration of the public gardens this summer and it’s hoped that will continue into 2016.

Ken added: “We would be delighted to hear from individuals or groups who would like to get hands-on at the gardens in the Spring, so to give us an idea of numbers give us a call on 01779 478950, drop us an email at hereforyou@peterheadprojects.co.uk or find us on Facebook.”

The Here For You Partnership is a joint social regeneration initiative between Peterhead Projects Limited and Fraserburgh Development Trust which is funded through Fairer Scotland until March 2016.