Community group gets cash boost to help improve local area

The Morrison Construction team building the new Kelso High School has joined the 2017 campaign to make Kelso look blooming marvellous and are urging the whole community to get involved.

Published: 08 May 2017
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In recent years, Kelso has had a very impressive record in the Britain in Bloom competition and the contractor’s £300 donation will be used to buy seeds for creating flower beds along Jedburgh Road adding to the existing carpet of colour leading to the town centre.

Members of the site team will join community volunteers as they sow seeds and plant bulbs and bedding plants this month through to summer.

Local lad, Ritchie Rutherford a trainee quantity surveyor for Morrison Construction, said: 

“Initiative’s like these are an opportunity to give something back to the community, the clients we serve and the neighbours we work beside. 

“When people come to Kelso and see how clean it is and how wonderful the floral displays are it encourages people to come back again, and that’s good for everyone. We need to work together."

While thanking Morrison Construction for its generous donation Betty Hodges, chair of Kelso In Bloom, added: “Kelso’s roundabouts, parks and road sides will be a kaleidoscope of colour as the brightly coloured flowers blossom; it makes the town look so beautiful. None of this would be possible without the army of volunteers and the generous donations by local businesses, groups and individuals.”

To date, the Kelso High School site team has engaged with a range of local community projects which include: in kind assistance for the Kelso Memorial Wall project and the Kelso Men’s Sheds as well as a pupil achievement award in woodworking.

Kelso High School is being delivered through Hub South East for Scottish Borders Council.

Photograph above: Left to right: Betty Hodges, chair of Kelso In Bloom, Ritchie Rutherford, trainee quantity surveyor for Morrison Construction and Lewis Hamon, Kelso in Bloom team member.