Fred and Rod launch Formartine Floral Trail

The Formartine Floral Trail was launched in Turriff recently.

Local lad Blair Scott piped vistors down from Celebrations to Turra Coo Corner, where Turriff businesses had their Flowerpot Family characters on display.

Fred and Rod with piper Blair Scott

Fred and Rod with piper Blair Scott

The Formartine Floral Trail covers from Balmedie to Turriff and aims to celebrate stunning floral displays and work carried out by local volunteers, while also attracting tourists to the area.

The Formartine Partnership is behind the initiative and all of the Flowerpot Family members and their stories are available to view on their Facebook page.

The flowerpot family members were a new addition to the Trail this year and were created by primary school pupils, Formartine In Bloom entrants and local businesses.

Ellon and District councillor, Gillian Owen, said: “Seeing the Flowerpot family in Turriff with Fred at the launch of the Floral Trail was brilliant and I have to say I am proud to be part of the Formartine Partnership team.

“In these stringent times it is fantastic to see a group of people develop a theme, the Flowerpot family theme has gone from strength to strength and Turiff was an early starter but now in and around Ellon more members of the family can be seen.”

She added: “What a truly interesting way to help promote Formartine and the towns and villages within it and help to draw people to those towns and villages which will enhance the economic development of those businesses.”

A total of 20 villages and towns are featured on the trai and there is over 500 hanging baskets, tubs, planters and flowerbeds with colourful floral displays.

There are also over 100 Flowerpot Family members to spot around the Trail.

Check out the Formartine Floral Trail online at www.formartinepartnership.org.uk/floral-trail.