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Cloybank Estate is first to sign up to Strathcarron Hospice garden plan

Cloybank Estate and Strathcarron Hospice staff open the new snowdrop memorial garden. Picture: Michael Gillen

Cloybank Estate and Strathcarron Hospice staff open the new snowdrop memorial garden. Picture: Michael Gillen

 

It started with a conversation about a charity fun run and led to the creation of a snowdrop memorial garden at a sporting estate in Banknock.

Cloybank Estate has become the first business to sign up to Strathcarron Hospice’s snowdrop garden scheme which was launched in January.

It encourages companies and community groups to establish a snowdrop garden in their area.

Staff at the Cloybank hope other snowdrop gardens will be created across the 
district in the future.

Snowdrops were chosen by the hospice as they flourish each spring and create spectacular carpets of white flowers, and have long been thought to symbolise rebirth and the coming of summer.

The first garden was opened at the hospice in January.

The snowdrop garden at Cloybank came about following discussions between the business and the hospice to host a ‘Mud n’ Fun’ fundraising event on June 7 at the estate.

Assistant manager Seamus Corry said: “We jumped at the chance to get involved and support the hospice. People are welcome to visit the garden seven days a week, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.”

Angela Gillies, Strathcarron marketing and communications manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with everyone at Cloybank and look forward to a long and happy partnership with them.”

The ‘Mud n’ Fun’ event will challenge children and adults from the age of nine upwards to complete an outdoor obstacle course.

Children will complete a mile-long course with adults expected to complete a two-and-a-half mile circuit.

Registration for the event is £10 and includes a medal and certificate.

To register, call the hospice on (01324) 826222 or go to www.strathcarronhospice.org.

 

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