Planting schemes produced for games

Kernock Park Plants and Plantscape complete contracts to supply Glasgow City Council ahead of Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow City Council has managed to produce some impressive planting schemes ahead of the Commonwealth Games, despite closing one of its two nurseries recently.

The council turned to Kernock Park Plants and Plantscape, who have completed high-profile contracts ahead of the Commonwealth Games (23 July to 4 August).

Glasgow closed its plant production facilities at Daldowie and reduced its other facility at Bellahouston in late 2013 as part of cost-cutting measures.

The council said the growing facilities used to be "among the most modern in the British Isles". They formerly produced 1.1 million bedding plants annually under 4,000sq m of glass.

Plantscape will supply the council with 1,900 planters worth more than £200,000 for around the SECC precinct - one of the biggest single orders the Derbyshire company has received.

The order also includes 30 wooden planters, 30 round tree planters and 18 "Eyefull" towers. The SECC is hosting sports including boxing, gymnastics and netball. The Emirates Arena will be the venue for badminton.

Plantscape managing director Mark Stone said Glasgow made an even bigger order in 2007, when it decorated the streets to impress judges visiting to decide where to award the games.

Kernock Park Plants has supplied eight carpet beds for three Glasgow Parks plus an InstaPlant mascot made by David Ogilvie Engineering for the entrance to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, with overall planting worth around £30,000.

InstaPlant manager Chris Harnett said: "They're doing a lot for the games. It's been a good order for us. We are really pleased to plant up the 'Clyde' mascot 3D displays. It was great to work with David Ogilvie Engineering and Glasgow City Council and we look forward to seeing the completed displays."

Pentland Plants supplies bedding to the council, with Kernock supplying "slightly fewer" plugs than previously.

George Square Spectacular attraction

Glasgow City Council grew bedding for George Square, with Kernock Park Plants supplying grasses. "This was formerly a grass plot and has been transformed into a spectacular attraction," said Glasgow natural environment officer, horticulture, Derek Wells. "The public are encouraged to walk on its decked surface to have their photographs taken."

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