Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group (IEIG) have recently donated money to the service users at Pitscurry.
The Pitcaple Environmental Project (PEP) has helped IEIG to plant up and grow the 164 hanging baskets that are put up in Inverurie Town Centre every summer for the past twelve years.
In recognition of this essential work the IEIG committee presented a cheque for £625 to Colin Stirling, chairperson of PEP, who received the donation on behalf of the service users.
John Glover, IEI Chairman, said: “The service users at the Pitscurry Project play a very important role every year in preparing and planting up the hanging baskets for Inverurie Town Centre.
“At the end of the summer they clean out the baskets, compost the plants and store the baskets ready for the following year.
“This year’s floral display was the best ever and the service users deserve great praise for the contribution they made to achieving this.”
He added: “The hanging basket display could not have been achieved without the efforts of the service users at Pitscurry, the local Inverurie businesses that sponsor the hanging baskets and Aberdeenshire Council who provide the plants.”
In October this year IEIG won an It’s Your Neighbourhood award from Keep Scotland Beautiful which recognised Inverurie as being a ‘Thriving Community’.
The judges praised the efforts to coordinate keeping Inverurie clean, colourful and tidy.
Kay Diack, PEP fundraiser said: “I would like to thank Inverurie Environmental Improvement Group for the kind donation of funds in recognition of the endeavours of our service users in planting and caring for the hanging baskets in 2015.
“We are now further developing the site at Pitscurry to include more suitable activities for a wider variety of service users.
“The donation from IEIG will go towards some new hand tools for use by those with physical impairments, and also for timber to develop more raised flower beds suitable for wheelchair users.”