Friday 2ndAugust saw the official opening of Bernera’s new community garden.

With a grant from the Postcode Lottery Trust, the area behind the Bernera Community Centre has been transformed in to a lovely green space, to be enjoyed by the whole community.

The new garden has been refenced and mostly laid to turf, and borders have been planted with hedging plants and shrubs attractive to wildlife.

Two raised beds have been created and there is a gazebo and benches, as well as seating and wheelchair–friendly tables providing easy access for everyone.

A barbecue area is also on site and the garden is available for social events, organised or impromptu, and will hopefully become a focal point for the whole community

The garden, has been named “Calum Murdo’s Community Garden” and is dedicated to the memory of the late Calum Murdo McLean, MBE of 16 Kirkibost, whose initiative, energy and expertise helped develop the Bernera Community Centre as it stands today.

A gathering of Bernera residents enjoyed a lovely evening in the garden, and were on hand to watch Catriona Macleod. an active supporter of the Community Association for many years and who served on the early committees at the same time as Calum Murdo, unveil a plaque in his memory.

Ken Macaulay, Chairman of Bernera Community Association, said: “Calum Murdo’s Community Garden has been made possible thanks to funding raised by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

"The project was awarded a total of £19,950.00 from Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity funded by players of the lottery, and our thanks go to all those who play the lottery and have made this possible.”

Below, Mrs Catriona McLean with the memorial plaque.