Flowers mark war centenary

Colourful scene
Colourful scene

Ground maintenance staff from NHS Tayside paid tribute to the centenary of the First World War through a wonderful wild flower display.

Ground maintenance manager Malcolm Ross, based at Ninewells, thought that it would be a fitting tribute to prepare the fallow beds that line Ninewells Drive and sow them out with a commemorative wild flower mix, specially created to mark the occasion of the start of the First World War.

Two mixtures were chosen, ‘Alliance’ and ‘Hope’, which symbolise the Great War and the millions of lives that were lost as a result of it. ‘Alliance’ is a blend of poppy and cornflower in colours of pink, white and blue, while ‘Hope’, includes poppies and cornflowers and in addition, white and yellow perennials.

Malcolm said: “The flower beds were originally planted with azaleas, however we noticed that they weren’t really flourishing all that well.

“We moved the azaleas to a more suited location and decided to plant the wildflowers as a colourful remembrance to commemorate the start of World War One.”

Maintenance manager Brian McGarrity, who is also an Army Reservist with the Royal Regiment of Scotland (7 SCOTS), was invited to inspect the wildflower centenary display in all its glory.