Guides help make Harris bloomin’ colourful

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Willowglen Garden Centre and Girl Guides have been brightening up Harris.

Thanks to funding from Western Isles Lottery, the centre delivered 30 beautifully planted, ceramic pots to the girls who have distributed them across the village.

Janet Paterson of Western Isles Lottery said: ‘One of the three aims of the lottery was to improve the aesthetics of our islands, particularly throughout the summer and around Christmas time.

‘Last year, some proceeds from the Broadbay area were used to give Stornoway town centre a welcome upgrade by landscaping some areas and planting flowers.

‘We are delighted to see in year two of the lottery that other areas are also using their own funding to do likewise.

‘Stornoway Town Centre will see another significant upgrade this year and the isles of Harris, Uist and Barra will all see colourful displays.

‘It is wonderful to see Girlguiding Harris taking responsibility for their area this year.

‘Each Girl Guide has been allocated a pot and Richard Robertson of Willowglen Garden Centre is giving them guidance on how to care for the pots.

‘Without the enthusiasm of Matilda Mackenzie-Lomas, the Girlguiding leader, the project would not have come to fruition.’

Richard Robertson gives the Guides tips on looking after the displays of flowers. NO F24 HARRIS Guides 02
Richard Robertson gives the Guides tips on looking after the flowers.
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Matilda added: ‘This is an exciting project for the girls. There were lots of questions for Richard and they are now equipped with the knowledge to care for their pots. As reward for all their efforts, all funding raised by Harris lottery supporters to the end of July will go to Girlguiding Harris.

‘We are grateful to the Western Isles Lottery team and Willowglen Garden Centre for helping us make this happen.’



Richard Robertson with the Guides and the flower pots.