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Thurso Grows benefits from Caithness Community Payback


By David G Scott

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A COMMUNITY project in Thurso has taken receipt of two picnic benches specifically designed for wheelchair users.

The benches were fully constructed by the Caithness Community Payback Team in their Wick workshop by clients sentenced to carry out unpaid work by Wick Sheriff Court.

Thurso Grows is funded by the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund and is headed up by project co-ordinator Sharon Dismore.

Taking receipt of the benches are (from left) Ann Brock, Jill Lawrie, community payback supervisor Bob Miller and Thurso Grows project co-ordinator Sharon Dismore,
Taking receipt of the benches are (from left) Ann Brock, Jill Lawrie, community payback supervisor Bob Miller and Thurso Grows project co-ordinator Sharon Dismore,

Sharon said: "We are absolutely delighted to have been helped out by the Community Payback Team by building these fantastic benches. They will make a great addition to our community garden at the bottom of Falconer Waters Court in Thurso."

Thurso and Northwest Caithness councillor Matthew Reiss – Highland Council's strategic lead for police and fire services – said: "The Caithness Community Payback Team and their clients have done a tremendous job in the challenging working conditions imposed during Covid-19. The task achieved will greatly benefit wheelchair users among our community."

Thurso Grows gardener Jill Lawrie (second from left) with volunteers Glen Swanson (left), Brian Carson and Hilary Wilson. Picture: Ann McInnes
Thurso Grows gardener Jill Lawrie (second from left) with volunteers Glen Swanson (left), Brian Carson and Hilary Wilson. Picture: Ann McInnes

Caithness community payback officer Steve MacDonald said: "It’s great to see locals benefiting from this work carried out by those who have been sentenced to pay back the community against which they have offended."

More details about Thurso Grows can be found via its website or Facebook page and Caithness Community Payback can be contacted on 01349 781300.

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