The Shrubbery – 200th Anniversary

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of The Shrubbery, Elaine Kuwahara is opening her beautiful garden on Magdalen Yard Road for three days, with all proceeds to charity, including Friends of Camperdown House and Scotland’s Gardens.

The opening will be on Friday 26th May by former Lord Provost John Letford and the event will run until Sunday 28th May.

Home of famed Dundee artist McIntosh Patrick for many years, the garden and house were the subject of several of his paintings. The Georgian townhouse was designed and built by Dundee architect David Neave in 1817.

The garden has been sympathetically restored to McIntosh Patrick’s time and features mainly herbaceous perennials and shrubs. It also includes surviving fruit trees from its original layout as a working garden. There is a pond with goldfish and koi carp.

Don’t miss it – more details here.

Getting things done – Magdalen Yard Road

Residents remarked to me how pleased they are that the council’s unadopted pavements programme is now upgrading the muddy path round the north edge of Magdalen Green to create a proper tarred footway.
As vehicles are unable to be parked in a number short sections of the road during the works, I have asked the council’s Roads Maintenance Partnership to take the opportunity to properly clean out the road edges (months of compressed leaves and dirt!) and unblock the drains – see right :

Loose masonry concern at Tay Rope Works

I was contacted by a concerned resident yesterday about loose masonry on the facade of the former Tay Rope Works on Magdalen Yard Road.
I immediately contacted the City Council and am pleased to have had the following very prompt response from the Team Leader Building Standards:
“I refer to your earlier communication regarding the above and would like to update you as follows.    Following an inspection of the property Building Standards have taken emergency action in order to reduce the immediate danger to public safety, barriers have been erected.
The marketing agent has been contacted and advised of the situation however no formal response has yet been received regarding their intentions.
We will contact the agent tomorrow in the hope that they can urge the owners to instruct the necessary remedial measures and we will also remind them of the owners obligation under the Building Scotland Act to maintain their property in safe condition.”

Getting things done … Magdalen Green fencing

Some years ago, at my request and those of local residents, the City Council erected some fencing at the east end of the Green, near to the Riverside Approach/Magdalen Yard Road junction, to stop a minority of irresponsible drivers from parking on the Green edge and damaging the grass.

The fencing has worked pretty well, but some of it has fallen – see right – so at the request of residents and the Friends of Magdalen Green I have asked the council’s Environment Department to have it sorted.

The Department’s Head of Environmental Management has kindly agreed to get the fencing re-erected.