On Monday 6th March 1978 work started on landscaping the verges of Blantyre Ferme Road at Priory Bridge.
The idea was to create a natural screen between the road and the residents of Coatshill and Priory Bridge. The Council sponsored a job creation plan to plant young trees along the verge. The Priory Bridge Resident’s Association welcomed the work, commenting that “it was hoped that some decades later, the trees would be large enough to make busy Blantyre Ferme Road look like an Avenue, or give the impression of driving through a green entrance into Blantyre.”
Between the trees, grass and shrubs were planted. Some school children may remember the bright orange flowers and husks on some of these shrubs that were commonly known in the 1980’s and 1990’s as “itchy coos” due to their seeds which caused irritation to skin. By the late 1990’s the shrubs were removed.
However, this story ends well. The residents association certainly got it’s wish, for today, these trees are now sizeable and certainly provide a good screen and a green gateway as you enter the town, something that should only get more impressive as the years go by.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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