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Brighter Bervie's Heritage Garden Project

On 24 and 25 April, under the instruction of Billy McCallum from the Dry Stone Walling Association, ten members of It's Your Neighbourhood group Brighter Bervie learned the basic skills of dry stone walling at Benholm Castle.

Tom Campbell, Chairperson at Brighter Bervie explains:

"All the participants enjoyed expert tuition, wonderful hospitality and great team work in the face of wintry weather conditions. A section of collapsed dry stone retaining wall was reconstructed using traditional methods to tie-in at each end with the existing wall.

The photo shows the proud team standing beside their finished wall, which is called a dyke in Scotland, topped-out with cope stones. The course was a pre-cursor to members of the Central Scotland Branch of the DSWA coming to build a feature wall for Brighter Bervie's new Heritage Garden beside Inverbervie Medical Centre on the 13 and 14 May.

2017 is the 675th anniversary of King David granting Inverbervie its Royal Burgh Status after he was welcomed ashore here following exile in France. The new garden is Brighter Bervie's contribution to commemorating this historic event. A ceramic mosaic of Bervie's Coat-of-Arms, which features a beautiful white rose and was created by the accomplished artist Debbie Ryan, is to be mounted centrally on the wall. The garden will be completed by planting a bed of white roses in front of the wall.

The DSWA is a charitable organisation that works to advance education in the craft and heritage of dry stone walling for the public benefit."

Brighter Bervie is a community volunteer group which helps to improve the local environment and community spirit, mainly through gardening activities. The group is a member of the Scottish Gardeners Forum, Trellis (Therapeutic Gardening Network), Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action, Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens and is participating in Its Your Neighbourhood scheme.

02 May 2017

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