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A team of volunteers planted geraniums, lobelia and cordyline in the gardens surrounding the war memorial at Loanfoot Gardens.

Due to tough financial decision Stirling Council have had to make, maintaining and planting at war memorials has been cut back. 

Plean’s Voice were asked if they would take this on and it was agreed.

Vice Chair Robert Jack said: “We felt it was important to the village that we should honour our fallen heroes. They gave the ultimate sacrifice so we can live our lives today. The least we can do is tend the gardens in their honour.”

A just giving campaign and a sponsored walk was organised to help fund the planting and over £1,000 was raised - beating the £810 target.

The remaining money has gone towards Plean in Bloom for the hanging baskets.

A team of green-fingered volunteers have installed 53 hanging baskets along the Main Street of the village - more than doubling the amount in the village from last year - making sure that Plean will look bloomin' lovely over the summer months.

Eighteen barrel-tubs have also been placed throughout the village.

The baskets and tubs contain summer flowering plants which will give colour to the village in the coming months.

The baskets have been sponsored by people who want to commemorate their loved ones and their names have been inserted in the baskets. 

Vice-chair and organiser of Plean in Bloom, Robert Jack, said: "We wanted to build on what was achieved last year and we have extended the hanging baskets along the Main Street. We have bought 30 self-watering baskets to help with maintaining the baskets. This means they should only need watered every two-three days.

Realm Engineering supplied the column mounted brackets while Old Plean Roofing Company have supplied a battery operated watering trolley, complete with a telescopic lance and a 50ltr tank. 

Robert said: "We really appreciate the donations from the two firms. The new watering trolly will make the watering so much easier and reduce the time required to do it and the brackets mean more baskets to brighten up the village.

"We have been working hard to raise funds for this and we thank everyone who has contributed to make this successful. The hanging baskets and tubs cost just under £3,000 and we know the village will look lovely when everything comes into bloom.

"Our aim was to make the village a brighter and happier place to live and work and we hope in the coming months that will start to show.

"But, we cannot do this all ourselves, we need help from the village and we would love to hear from anyone who can help with watering."

Plean's Voice need volunteers to help water the hanging baskets and tubs.

A rota is being drawn up which needs a minimum of two people (but more will make the job quicker) watering all 53 baskets plus 18 tubs on a daily basis for a week (Monday - Sunday). It is hoped that if there are enough volunteers that will increase the number of weeks between when people are on the rota. 

Training and familiarisation on the watering system will be given prior to all volunteers taking part. All equipment required for watering will be provided.

If you would like to help with the watering please email or

Twelve people carried out a sponsored climb of Dumyat to raise funds for plants at Plean's war memorial.

Due to the tough financial decisions Stirling Council has had to make, maintaining the flower beds was cut in the recent budget round. Plean's Voice decided to maintain the flower beds in honour of those who gave their lives during the two World Wars - and to help keep Plean looking nice for those who live, work and visit the area.

The group set off from Cocksbrun Reservoir car park on Sheriffmuir Road at 11am on Sunday 19 May and reached the summit in just over an hour. The youngest was just nine years old, while the oldest was 73. Three people had never climbed Dumyat before.

Leah Easton, Plean's Voice Trustee, and organiser of the event, said: "We chose to climb Dumyat as it is a local hill and the outline is very distinctive - so those who climbed it for the first time will be able to remember their achievement when they see it. It was really nice to see locals come together for this challenge. There was a real bonding within the team to get to the top. Unfortunately there wasn't much of a view as a reward for the climb due to the low cloud."

Over £1,000 was raised - beating the £810 target. Plants have been ordered and planting out will start in the coming weeks. The remaining money will go towards Plean in Bloom which will see 53 hanging baskets installed along the Main Street.

If you are inspired by the team's efforts - you can still donate through Just Giving - any donation is most welcome and will help Plean look its best during the summer months.

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