Sunshine smiles

The sun shone on the open day this year
The sun shone on the open day this year

WHAT a difference a year makes for the Organic Growers of Bothwell.

Twelve months ago visitors for the open day were forced to hide in the polytunnels as the unseasonal rain lashed Lanarkshire, this time there was no such problems as everyone was able to enjoy the Blantyre Road community garden in the blazing sunshine.

The group’s Jacqueline Kent said: “This year the weather couldn’t have been be nicer and everyone seemed keen to take advantage and we had a really, really good attendance.

“There was a constant stream of people throughout the day, whether they were really serious gardeners seeing what we had been up to over the last few months or just people lounging in the sun in very pleasant surroundings.”

Such is the response the group are considering opening the garden to the public more often, but there is a way you can visit the garden whenever you like.

Jacqueline added: “We have been talking about opening the garden up to the public a lot more often, but there are logistical difficulties, and it does seem that most people are happy just to visit a few times a year.

“However, we have recently introduced a scheme which allows people to become a friend of the garden and with that they receive their own key to come and go as they please which has proven very popular.”

The village is now gearing up for the annual Scarecrow Festival in September.

More pictures in June 6 edition of Bellshill Speaker.