In 2019 the gardening budget had been cut by the local authority meaning that the flower beds in and around the local area would have been unmaintained and even turned back into grass. Falkirk Council had put out a press release asking for local community groups to volunteer their services and plant and maintain the excess stock of flowers that were already in their possession. KLSB took this opportunity to expand the community involvment and they took ownership of over 3000 Begonias. Over the course of two weekends our volunteers came out and 6 large flower beds were weeded, turned over and had the flowers planted. That year KLSB applied to Foundation Scotland and were successful in securing an award which was to allow us to purchase flowers and bulbs for 2020. Early in 2020 there was another injection of funds put into the budget for the gardens by the local authority and once again KLSB managed to take delivery of over 3000 begonia and other flowers. This freed up some of the funds by Foundation Scotland which allowed us to purchase a greenhouse and install a raised bed which we now use to grow fresh vegetables for the community. KLSB also partnered with a local nursery who supplied us with evergreen shrubs for the community gardens.
Our Begonia that was delivered by Falkirk Council in 2019