Platinum jubilee plans take root

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Celebrating HM The Queen’s 70 years on the throne could turn out to be fruitful for Oban.

National organisers of next year’s Platinum Jubilee are encouraging a Canopy of Trees as the overall project across Britain, wishing to see more planted throughout the land.

How people go about it is left to each area, Oban Community Council heard at its last Zoom meeting.

Now the community council has set up a sub-committee to look at ideas and seek out possible land.

A  grassy area above the town’s former maternity hospital and land along the road by Lorn and Islands Hospital were mentioned.

Community council convener Marri Malloy was puzzled at the point of tree planting when so many trees were being cut down all over Oban at the moment but fellow community councillor Duncan Martin pointed out, when looking at old photos of the town, it could be seen there were more trees nowadays than before because people used to cut them down for fuel.

Council member Laura Corbe suggested planting fruit trees would be good because they only grow to a certain size, last a long time and do provide food for people.

Mr Martin also suggested ‘gorilla gardening’ as another idea where vegetables and salad are grown and people can ‘harvest them to their heart’s content.’

Mrs Malloy said: ‘I think it’s a nice idea’ and Mr Martin said such a project could be an extra strand to Keep Oban Beautiful’s work.

Mrs Malloy tasked the new sub-group to ‘suss out’ what land could be made available and report back.

Oban Community Council meetings are to continue on Zoom for now.

The new Rockfield Centre is not planning to open on Mondays – the usual meeting day for the monthly meetings. Oban High School is now being looked at as an alternative.

 

Caption: Planting fruit trees could be one way of marking the Queen’s platinum jubilee in Oban.
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