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Townhill Community Council
Various self-watering planters; Chick and Percy Penguin litter bins
Townhill, a large former coal mining village near Dunfermline in Scotland, has around 1,000 residents. Maintaining the village’s public areas, including sports facilities, woodland and the renovated Miners’ Heritage Park, is a high priority for Townhill Community Council.
The Council first heard of Amberol when Keith Jackson, Parks & Community Events Officer from Fife Council, gave Townhill a square planter to try out. The Council realised that the self-watering planter reduced the requirement for regular maintenance and decided to invest in a number of Amberol containers. The village currently uses 18 hanging baskets and a range of planters of different shapes and sizes, such as railing baskets and octagonal planters.
Ronnie Cowan, Chairman of Townhill Community Council, explained: "We were really impressed by the high quality, durability and time saving benefits of the planters. Buying the containers did away with the annual maintenance needs of previous years. All of our containers are now supplied by Amberol, replacing the wooden ones which had started to show signs of wear and tear as well as requiring more maintenance.”
Townhill also runs a community scheme in which containers are located outside small businesses who then commit to plant and maintain them, creating attractive floral displays in public areas.
"The service from Amberol has also been first class," adds Ronnie. "They really get to know their customers and what they need. I would be happy to recommend Amberol and we hope to be in a position to purchase more of their products in the future."
Ronnie believes that using self-watering containers has helped the village succeed in local and national horticultural competitions: "Our achievements in both the Beautiful Fife and Beautiful Scotland campaigns can be attributed in part to having floral displays in self-watering containers, as well as to the hard work and imagination of our Community Council and volunteers if course."
Townhill Community Council described Amberol's products as durable, efficient and attractive.
Having been impressed by the quality of the planters, Townhill decided to invest in two of Amberol's talking litter bins. Ronnie had already heard about the speaking bins when they were installed in Liverpool in 2011. The council purchased two bins, one in the shape of a chick and the other in the shape of Percy penguin. The bins were customised with special messages recorded on a different voice box for each one which are activated by a sensor which detects when litter has been placed in the bins’ ‘beaks’.
The chick bin features a thank you message recorded by children from Townhill Primary School,. The penguin sings a sample from the ‘Thank you very much’ song from the musical Scrooge, and also features Oliver Twist’s famous phrase ‘Please sir, can I have some more?’
“Having heard about singing bins being used in cities in England, I thought they would be a perfect addition to our Miners’ Heritage Park,” comments Ronnie. “The chick and penguin look great in the children’s play area and they have been really well received so far. Both adults and children love the novelty of being thanked in song for depositing their litter. Anything which helps to keep our beautiful park clean and tidy has to be a good thing.”