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Inverness gardener cuts council grass to cheer up residents during coronavirus pandemic

By Louise Glen

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Neil Nicolson.
Neil Nicolson.

An Inverness gardener has tidied up a piece of community land to cheer up residents.

Neil Nicolson, of Greenscape Garden Services, sought permission from Highland Council to cut the grass in Drakies after the local authority suspended the service during the lockdown.

Mr Nicolson said: "I live in Drakies and I regularly go past the grass on Sycamore Crescent, just off Drumossie Avenue, and I saw that it was needing to be cut.

"There are a lot of elderly residents in the area, and I thought that it might cheer them up to see that the grass had been cut."

He added: "I wanted to do something for the community here. I thought this would be a nice gesture, and I have all the tools and equipment including the ride-on mower."

After doing the job, one of the residents came out with a gift of beer for Mr Nicholson.

He said: "It is just nice to see that people appreciate it. I will do it another couple of times if it needs it, before the Highland Council staff can get to it."

Inverness Millburn ward councillor Isabelle MacKenzie said she welcomed Mr Nicolson's initiative. She said: "It is great that Neil saw that it needed to be done, got the permission and did the work.

"It is clear that these are going to be very different times for the council so by helping out Neil has done the very best for his community.

"Thank you Neil."

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