A VOLUNTEER organization that planted Nairn’s flower arrangements has once again been busy improving an area one of the town’s most iconic features.
The statue of Dr John Grigor towers over Viewfield House near the town center to commemorate the former ship’s surgeon’s contribution to the development of Nairn in the 19th century as a health resort.
Originally located at the junction of Leopold Street and High Street, Grigor’s statue was moved to Viewfield, home to the Nairn Musuem, as city center traffic increased with cars becoming a common mode of transport .
Keeping Nairnshire Colorful (KNC) has been responsible for planting many open spaces and flower beds over the years.
The small group of volunteers decided it was time to replace most of the seasonal litter with perennials. So members and volunteers helped with the new planting in the KNC town beds in the spring.
Chairman Annie Stewart said: “In the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, KNC has also decided to create a new prairie-style bed at Viewfield.
“We had been looking for a suitable site for a while to try out a meadow bed and KNC member Tracey Botting came up with the idea of using the lawn around the statue of Dr Grigor in front of the museum.”
Annie took the plan forward with the Museum and the Highland Council.
“They all agreed that it would make a nice addition to the approach to the Museum.
“In the spring, we contacted Sleigh Landscapes for help removing the sod and a group of KNC volunteers dug and prepared the bed to sow a mixture of annual seeds. Over the next month, spring bulbs perennials have been added.
“The Nairn St Ninian Bowling Club, whose green is next to Viewfield House, noticed the work on the new bed and their members offered to help. They gave KNC curbstones and gravel, and the access to their outdoor tap.
“Growth was slow at first as Nairn suffered from a cold spring, but in the last month, with some warmth, the new bed has become a riot of color, admired by all who pass by.”
Annie added, “KNC members and volunteers continue to keep it clean and water it regularly and hope to reseed it for another show next year.
Anyone interested in getting involved with KNC can find more information on their website: www.spanglefish.com/keepingnairnshirecolourful