Meldrum Amenities Improvement Group (MAIG) have been doing their best to outshine their rivals in the Formartine in Bloom contest, with a life-size display in the town centre for one day only - judging day.
MAIG Spokesperson, Moira Gregg said: “We had four life sized dummies all made from recycled materials with planters and a floral wheelbarrow. It formed part of our entry into the competition but it also gave us an opportunity to thank all our volunteers and supporters, so we have included a poster saying exactly that.”
The complete display was on view last Tuesday, although, she added: “We hope to try and keep the dummies and wheelbarrow in the square for a week or so if possible.”
The original idea came after MAIG Chairman, Andrew McCartney, visited a Perth village where they made figures out of straw.
Moira continued: “As part of the criteria for Formartine in Bloom we had to demonstrate the use of recycled materials. We included old wire mesh, bits of garden netting, baling mesh from hay bales, scrap wood, filling from an old duvet, old cushion covers plus lots of other bits and pieces that would otherwise be thrown away, including old clothes and shoes.”
Oldmeldrum was one of 15 communities to enter. Formartine Partnership organiser, Rod Gunson was in the village at the time of judging. Speaking about the display, he said: “It’s a nice way to thank the community as well as getting noticed. Last year the village had 287 hanging baskets, I don’t know how many this year.”
In the Large Community category, Oldmeldrum competes with Ellon and Turriff. Mr Gunson continued: “I think the competition is well worth while because it makes Formartine look very beautiful.”