Open Spaces Group
Following the Planning for Real initiative the Forres Green Spaces Group has been set up and meets monthly to share projects and progress. Those attending represent: Forres in Bloom; Cluny Woods Management Plan; Sanquhar Ponds Group; Incredible Edibles; Transition Town Forres; Forres Fields and Forest Group; Forres Footpaths Trust; Mosset Burn Conservation Group; Sustrans; Moray Council Community Support Unit; Planning and Open Spaces Departments.
This is enabling a more co-operative and cohesive approach to managing Environmental Responsibility.
- Cluny Hill Management Plan has been completed and public consultation will be organised post COVID
- Mosset Burn Management Plan has been completed in partnership with Findhorn Rivers Trust and riparian stakeholders. Funding is being sought to develop plans.
- Sanquhar Ponds Group has secured funding to improve paths and continue to clear invasive species
- Moray Council in consultation with the community has identified locations and begun to create wild flower areas.
- Clearing of detritus and regular litter picks
- Sorting waste at nursery
- Composting green waste, food waste and plant material
- Transferring brown waste to recycling centre
- Supporting Joe Pirnie with town litter picking
- Feeding birds and red squirrels and providing insect winter homes
- Replanting bulbs from containers throughout town at beds on St Leonard’s Road and at Auchernack
- Washing empty pots and trays for reusing
- Potting up Fuchsias
- Removing dahlias and begonias from winter storage and potting up using riddled compost from our own compost bins
- Splitting and replanting perennials in Grant Park, Sunken Garden and herb bed at Anderson’s Primary School
- Saving polyanthus for next year from War Memorial
- Constructing new lids for cold frames using recycled wood
- Continuing work by TESCO work party in War Veterans’ Garden
- Preparing containers for Summer planting and using old compost as mulch on beds throughout the town
- Purchasing new hanging baskets and containers with reservoirs to reduce watering
- Planting plugs in recycled trays donated by Greens Nursery and Village Greenery flower shop
- Purchase of a Ride on Mower and Gator
- Donated ride on trailers and Small bowser
- Cleaning streetscape and regular litter picks
- Using saved water for Wee FIBbees garden and greenhouses
- Repairing watering system to Park beds and sculptures to conserve water
- Recycling Fire Wheel from Colours of Cluny Lights display
Several areas are being left less formally planted for biodiversity. We intend to create more of these in future.
- Grant Park
- Sunken Garden
- Raised beds on St Leonards Road
- Wee FIBbees garden
- Mosset Burn Banks
- Market Green
- Bogton Road