Blantyre Ferme Road Landscaping


Screen Shot 2017-06-14 at 18.08.59On 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

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,

William Mullen yip done tht endless planting of rows of shrubs lol
Thomas Barrett I worked on this project.
The Blantyre Project Brilliant. I had no idea local people were employed doing these sort of things. You imagine hoards of council workers from some central point coming in. Local workpeople making Blantyre great!
Thomas Barrett We were based in croftpark cres springwell. In the middle of the park.
William Mullen same tam thk eddie greaves …shugie callahan as well was the depot in springwell !
Anthony Smith A very nice idea,but I still remember when there were no houses here,just open fields,in the 70,s……..In the 60,s,we could just walk straight across from Morven Ave.for a swim at a bend in the Cawther.


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