Castle Douglas Development Forum’s (CDDF) environmental action group have partnered with the British Legion and the Castle Douglas Rotary Club to plant flowers in the pots surrounding the War Memorial roundabout.
Eco CD, the environmental action group, run by Castle Douglas Development Forum (CDDF) and coordinated by Piper Booth, partnered with the British Legion and Castle Douglas Rotary Club celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the erection of the War Memorial in Castle Douglas. On the 26th of April representatives of all three organisations planted flowers in pots surrounding the memorial as the first steps a project to rewild the space and create a colourful landscape of one of Castle Doulgas’ iconic landmarks. Eco CD, which was started in March 2021, aims to work towards an environmental future for Castle Douglas that is envisioned by the community and create a safe space for those interested in getting involved in local climate action, where they can learn and ask questions.
Eco CD has begun a rewilding project of Castle Douglas, through which the action group intends to plant wildflowers and sow seeds across selected nature strips across the town. These efforts are intended to create further habitats for pollinating insects while adding to the aesthetic of Castle Douglas’ natural beauty. Now that the War Memorial has been honoured, Eco CD will begin the next stage of the project by sowing wildflower seeds on an area of the roundabout.
Piper Booth, who co-ordinates CDDF Eco CD, says: “We thank the British Legion for donating the first flowers to be planted on the roundabout. It is a visually beautiful and a great way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war memorial. We would also like to thank the council for supporting our efforts to provide better biodiversity habitats for our native flora and fauna while assisting in tackling the Climate Change Emergency. We look forward to working on similar projects with them in the future as we rewild more areas in the town”.
James Robertson, chairperson of the Rotary Club of Castle Douglas, and the rewilding project’s first volunteer, says: “Our planting at the top of the town will compliment the wildflower and tree planting Councillor Iain Howie has instigated in the park alongside Carlingwark Loch. If anyone wants to donate to help us continue enriching our habitats in and around town, we would be very grateful”.
Eco CD, which hosted its first climate café online on Wednesday 21st April, will continue to replant wildflowers across Castle Douglas and meet regularly to discuss future climate action that can be taken by the community. If anyone is interested in joining Eco CD or to volunteer with the rewilding project in Castle Douglas, please contact Piper Booth at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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