Working towards a better future

Community Friendship Garden in South Church Street

A small group of volunteers maintains a growing number of green initiatives throughout the town.

Click on the map locations for more details of each one.

To join the group, or make a donation, contact:

Hilary Gunkel, 01877 330798

Lesley Hawkins, 01877 339080

After the demolition of the public conveniences by Stirling Council in 2011, the plot was levelled and grassed over by George Walker and a diamond-shaped raised flower bed created for the Diamond Jubilee Year.  Planning for a permanent Community Garden to echo the Frerichs (Library) garden began in 2012 with permissions and a lease sought from Stirling Council’s Housing Department.

Garden designer Jayne Whitehead of Ivy Maud drew up the design, appointed the sub-contractor Murray Parsons of Greenlands Gardens and, together with Liz Kliskey and other members of Greener Callander, managed the project.  Local volunteers trained with the West of Scotland Dry Stone Walling Association to build the curved wall feature in July 2013.

The garden was officially opened in September 2013 and a full account which details all the funding sources, including Awards for All, is provided in this booklet.

In early 2016, the triangular corner site adjoining the Friendship Garden on Pearl Street was adopted by Greener Callander as a garden in memory of volunteer Olive Walker. Kirsty King was entrusted with the design and execution of this project and funding was obtained from the National Park’s “Soon, Seen, Successful” Community fund as well as from Stirling Council’s Community Pride fund.