Falkirk Rugby Club digs in with a little VIP support from Marjory

Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk Marjory McLachlan taking part in tree planting ceremony at Falkirk Rugby Club. ''Nnenda Hekerem (7) , Craig Gilmour (15) and Ndu Hekerem (12) are helping out. Picture Alan Rennie.
Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk Marjory McLachlan taking part in tree planting ceremony at Falkirk Rugby Club. ''Nnenda Hekerem (7) , Craig Gilmour (15) and Ndu Hekerem (12) are helping out. Picture Alan Rennie.

Falkirk Rugby Club did its bit for the environment last weekend when it began work to create a ‘wildlife corridor’ around its Sunnyside home.

Hundreds of native trees and bushes were planted by players, committee members and fans on Saturday and Sunday with a view to making the park in Camelon more hospitable to local wildlife.

Among those invited to take part was Marjory McLachlan, the Lord Lieutenant of Stirling and Falkirk, who helped plant one of 15 cherry trees which will act as a corridor between two existing wooded areas.

Long-serving club groundsman Bill Arkley said: “The advice and support we received from Falkirk Environmental Trust, as well as Alba Trees, who supplied the bushes and trees, was invaluable in ensuring that we prepared the ground properly and understood how to successfully plant and maintain the native species.

“In the many years I have been associated with Falkirk Rugby, I have never been so proud of our members than I was on Saturday. To see hundreds of our junior players and their families come along and get involved in the 
planting is an image that will live long in my memory, to see so many give up their free time for their club and their community, speaks volumes for our membership.”

Club president Matt Dodd said: “Falkirk Rugby Club has a special place in many 
people’s hearts and we see 
ourselves as an integral part of our 
community. It was just the other week that our senior players proudly attended the 200th birthday celebrations of the Falkirk Steeple.

“The planting of this wildlife hedge is another thank you to our community who have supported us so well over the last 40 years.”