Wild flower area is blooming marvellous

The new wild flower bed close to the Corran Halls.

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Keep Oban Beautiful and the Woodland Trust Scotland have created a new wild flower bed near the Corran Halls which should be blooming beautiful by summer.

Volunteers removed three van loads of turf close to the pathway to The Witches in Oban with bulbs and seedlings planted and the area sown with seeds to produce some flowery displays this year and in the years to come.

The group, which was socially-distanced for the work, consisted of Laura Corbe, Naoko Mabon, Ross Watson and Anna Chipch-Smith, representing a combination of Keep Oban Beautiful and the Woodlands Trust Scotland.

Volunteers mucking in at the new wild flower bed.

Laura thanked Andy Spence, of BID4Oban, for covering the cost of the seeds and the ‘amazing ladies’ at Moleigh Recycling Centre, Dunoon.

She said: ‘It was a fun project and a nice example of what the community can achieve working together. Clever management of a town’s green spaces is one of the most important ways to preserve diversity so a wildflower bed in this area made a lot of sense.’

‘The idea was to take a neglected area of little ecological value and create a biodiversity hotspot that will be attractive to pollinators like butterflies and bees and also to humans.’

Laura said the flower species were selected so that something would be flowering for as many months of the year as possible.

‘There’s a lot of foot traffic past the area so hopefully everyone will appreciate some colour as they’re walking home or setting out along The Witches,’ she said.

The Woodland Trust Scotland will shortly be installing an orientation board.

Digging for victory, the volunteers put their backs into it.