This ‘Bloom’ group has had an enormous impact on their community. Led by the Susan Lindner Kelly (Bonnie Bee) and her mother, Margaret (Grumble Bee), and not forgetting Mary Cowan from TACT Healthy Park, the group has worked in partnership with, among others, the Community Council, Blantyre Project, Blantyre Telegraph, Friends of the Calder, and two highly successful “It’s Your Neighbourhood” groups.

The group maintains a number of areas in the town. By using Pit Bogie style planters, built by Community Payback, the group highlights the town’s mining history and the riot of colour these provide brightens up numerous corners. A wildflower bed has been planted surrounding the memorial to the Blantyre mining disasters of 1877 & 1879.

The ‘Sunny Blantyre’ Sunflower competition distributes 2500 sunflower kits to nurseries, schools and care homes.

The ingenuity of Bonnie Blantyre has endeared this group to the judges and mentors within the Keep Scotland Beautiful team. To promote the group Susan regularly dons her Bee costume and can be seen at open days throughout North Lanarkshire.

In 2020 they continued to go from strength to strength with Susan and Margaret inspiring community growing through use of social media supporting others and numerous seed & plant exchanges.

Blantyre is certainly bonnie thanks to the efforts of this group.

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