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The recently established community garden in Bernera has received a £500 grant to fund the purchase of spring bulbs and perennial plants to bring colour to the community space.

With previous grant funding, the area behind the Bernera Community Centre was transformed into a lovely garden in 2019, to be enjoyed by the whole community.

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

The garden already includes some plants, hedging and shrubs which are attractive to wildlife, raised beds, a gazebo, benches  as well as seating and wheelchair–friendly tables providing easy access for everyone.  It also hosts a barbecue area and makes the perfect area for friends and families to meet in the open air.

The money from the Western Isles Lottery will be used to plant spring bulbs with more perennial plants to create a display of colour in the garden. 

Norma MacLeod, who has recently taken over the Chair of the Bernera Community Association, said “We are delighted to be receiving this donation and we thank the Western Isles Lottery for all their efforts in supporting communities around our islands”.

Pictured is Norma MacLeod, Chair, receiving a cheque from Tony Robson and Cally Paterson of the Western Isles Lottery Team.

To join in and help the Lottery Team continue to raise more valuable funds for the Islands, simply log onto or phone the ticket line on 0300 30 22 44