The journey of recreating the Floral Clock and bringing it back to Dollar Park began last winter led by a small working group with representatives from Cyrenians, Friends of Dollar Park, Falkirk Criminal Justice and The Rotary Club of Falkirk.
It is with great pride and a lot of hard work that we can say it has been successfully planted at its historical home at the entrance of Dollar Park.We are so pleased about the increase in visitors to see the Floral Clock, Walled Garden and as a consequence the increased use of Dollar Park itself .
The design and planting of the clock was led by volunteers, Les Pryde and John Fraser (who themselves planted the clock in the sixties as part of their apprenticeship), Cyrenians Garden Coordinator Ruth Mulligan, and people on Community Payback Orders, who have all contributed over 500 hours to this project .
In addition to the planting, Falkirk Criminal Justice along with unpaid work teams provided a lot of behind the scenes hours in the collecting of the plants, looking after them until planted, and of course the hands made by Roy Dewar, Senior Supervisor at Falkirk Council Criminal Justice Unpaid Work and Jamie Swan, Supervisor at Falkirk Council Criminal Justice Unpaid Work, being the driver for plant collections.
The key to the success of this project lies in the skills that John and Les have shared with the Cyrenians and the people on unpaid work hours. They will be able to continue the maintenance and future planting of the clock, including propagating the plants to reduce costs in future years.
As we had no mechanism for the clock, Roy Dewar made the hands that you see today and they were painted by people with an unpaid work requirement of a Community Payback Order.
The watering of the clock proved to be a headache with the unexpected heatwave and we can’t thank enough the tenants at the lodge house who allowed us to use their water supply in the first instance and for the support from Falkirk Council who have stepped in and are watering when they are also watering in Dollar Park.
A fundraising drive to raise £20,000 to put the tick back into the floral clock by Spring 2019 is underway and to date we have raised just over £6,000, with A.G. Barr (of Barr’s Irn Bru fame) being a key contributor, of £5,000 to date, recognising their roots in Falkirk.
The rest has been donated by members of the community who, like us, are so proud to see the clock back.
We are now beginning to see local initiatives happening to raise money, such as the Hunt for the 50 rocks in Dollar Park and for each one found a £1 would be donated. This was then matched and £100 was donated.
People are also donating by texting to 70070 and in the text message put the code DFLO77 followed by the amount; i.e DFLO77£10
The Rotary have created the idea of “sponsor a minute” in memory of members of the community and local businesses to make their mark in history and be remembered in the future. Further information available from Cyrenians – 01324 633413
This fundraising initiative is being led by a small working group of Cyrenians, Rotary Club of Falkirk and Friends of Dollar Park.
The practicalities, planting and maintenance of the clock are being supported by Falkirk Council Criminal Justice and Cyrenians.
Les Pryde (Chair of Friends of Dollar Park ): “It is a proud moment seeing the clock in its full glory this summer, back in its rightful place.”
In 2018 we agreed to go ahead with the planting of the floral clock and repeat history by fundraising to put the tick back in the clock for summer 2019.
Please help by making a donation via the JustGiving page or in person.