Garden is all set to come up roses

COMMUNITY space in Ballantrae is in for a gold-medal makeover as plans to improve access and maximise the view get the go-ahead.

Proposals from Ballantrae Development Group (a sub-committee of the community council) to improve the upper tier of the village’s public garden were approved by South Ayrshire Council’s planning committee on Thursday.

The re-envisaged space will include stone paving to replace the current red chippings, the erection of stone planters, and a timber fence incorporating the Olympic rings – in recognition of Ballantrae’s memorable status as the Olympic torch’s first “kissing point” in Ayrshire.

A dozen dedicated volun-
teers will help spruce up the garden, with Beautiful Ballantrae taking responsibility for the site’s upkeep once complete.

Development group member Colin McNally said the garden will be the first physical project the group has completed.

“We have had really good support. It has been very well received,” he said.

“For a relatively small project it has taken a lot of funding and volunteers, and it is going to look much nicer.

“There are views right across to Ireland but you just can’t see them at the moment.”

Councillor Alec Clark, for Girvan and South Carrick, said he was pleased to see the cooperation between Ballantrae community leaders and mem­bers of Girvan Community Garden come to fruition.

“The public garden is going to be a much improved amenity for all the people of Ballantrae and for visitors to go and see,” he said.

Carrick Councillor John McDowall, also South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for sustainability and the environment, said he was also pleased their hard work had paid off.

“This is another very good example of members of the community becoming actively involved in making improvements to facilities and I look forward to seeing the improved garden when work is completed in November.”

Work to clear the site is expected to commence next week, from which time the Main Street garden will be closed to the public. But it is to host a unique workshop on its inaugural weekend.

Volunteers of all ages inter­ested in trying their hand at dry-stane dykeing are being sought to take part in the two-day course on November 17 and 18.

For more information or to sign up, contact any member of the Ballantrae Development Group.