Jock Barr Memorial Garden

We decided that a fitting way to remember Jock, and the contribution he made to the Town, would be to use the derelict ground at the back of our offices to construct a sensory garden, which could be enjoyed as a little sanctuary by our clients.

Updates on the project will be posted here so you can find out what stage the work is at. Photos of the before, in progress, and eventually, the completed garden can be seen by clicking on our photo gallery link at the left.

When we started working on the garden, Mel and Lynne initially asked around the town at the places where Jock was known, explaining that the garden would benefit people in the town and was to be a tribute to him. We were all amazed at the generosity that was displayed by the number of donations and the willingness of people to help.

Donations have been received from:

Thanks also go to Gavin at Dobbies, Dorothy at B&Q and Stephen at Homebase for their support and efforts to make sure we get the best value for the money donated.

John McGlaughlin and his squad from the Community Justice Team made short work of the initial clearing of the garden, which you can see from the photos was quite a job, but armed with a supply of tea and biscuits they tackled it in record time!

Julie, Katie, Elspbeth and Joe from BTCV have helped us to design and plant the garden from the beginning and have involved volunteers including the Carrick Men's Group and pupils doing their Duke of Edinburgh Awards from Carrick Academy, Queen Margaret Academy and young people from Auchinleck and Maybole along the way.

Mr Smith and Mrs Watson from Carrick Academy have planned a wonderful design to be painted on the existing grey concrete wall. It will be a real transformation when that is complete.

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