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Muthill turns red phone box into food larder

Our Beautiful Scotland groups are always up for a challenge, and Muthill in Bloom, in Perth & Kinross, has made it onto the world-wide stage with it’s recent self-less actions.

At this time of year, the group would usually be planning how to make the village beautiful through its’ quirky floral displays, but Coronavirus has curtailed that for now. Local resident, Corrina Robertson, approached the group as she was concerned local people might be struggling financially or be unable to get to the shops, and she wondered if the red phone box (currently waiting for a defibrillator to be installed) could be transformed into a village ‘food larder’.  The group was only too delighted to help and jumped at the challenge.

Armed with some of it’s 'redundant' plant shelving and giving the first donation of food.....Muthill in Bloom helped the idea to become a reality, and it was launched last Thursday (16 April). 

The village serves a wide rural area and, since the launch, local residents have been giving regular donations of food and other essential items; local businesses, which have had to close, have been supporting the project financially and with donations (including a generous donation of chocolate Easter bunnies which went down well!); and farmers have been getting involved too, dropping off supplies of fresh vegetables.

Susan Crawford, Chairman of Muthill in Bloom, said “Our story has been picked up by so many – we’ve even made it to The Times, The Scotsman, Reporting Scotland, and The Jeremy Vine Show on Channel 5 to name a few.

The story was also shared on the facebook page of ‘Scottish Life + News’ which is when it really went Global, with 1,500 comments worldwide!

“Pictures of ‘good stories’ from around the country are due to go onto billboards in Central London from today (Monday 21 April) for around two weeks and will include ours......we're just sad we can't jump on a train and go for a look! If you have any contacts down there, please ask them to look out for it [and take a photo of our story in situ and email to juliette.camburn@keepscotlandbeautiful.org]

So from Corrina's first chat with me to ask me if I thought there was a need in the Village for such a thing......here we are now, a week later.....Global stars!

“So much for getting a "gap year"......it's just as busy!”

Many smaller communities are now following Muthill’s lead......Guildtown in Perth & Kinross, a community in Skye and Dunblane are amongst them.  If anyone reading this is keen to set up something similar in their community, Susan is more than happy for you to get in touch with her to find out more. Please email her at johnalancrawford@hotmail.com.

We’re delighted that there is such an appetite across the world right now for good news stories and congratulate everyone in Muthill for making this project a reality – you’re all stars.

21 April 2020

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