“Lots of people have been coming up to us and saying it’s looking great.”
Other work still to be carried out – using the lottery funding plus other monies raised through initiatives such as a bingo tea and other grant applications – include the provision of 30 water-retaining hanging baskets, various plants and shrubs and the planting of three rowan trees.
Mr Stewart added: “We are also responsible for the garden below James Square and will be replacing the plants and heather there and putting in some new rowan trees soon.”
Local MSP Roseanna Cunningham, who lives in Crieff, welcomed news of the grant and praised the volunteers – two men and eight women – who make up the Crieff in Leaf team for their hard work and commitment.
She said: “I am delighted to learn that Crieff in Leaf is to receive this substantial injection of funds which will help them in creating a pleasant and attractive environment in the town centre.
“The volunteers behind Crieff in Leaf do a great job and I want to record my thanks to them and offer my sincere congratulations for the achievement in securing this substantial injection of funds.”
Local MP Gordon Banks said: “The work that the group has done over the years to enhance the appearance and environment around Crieff shows great community spirit, and commitment.
“I also feel that local groups like this help to motivate others to become involved. Well done again and I wish Crieff in Leaf all the best for the future.”