A TREE was planted in the grounds of Cardross Parish Church’s halls last Sunday to mark the annual harvest season – and the start of Climate Fringe Week across Helensburgh and Lomond.

The church’s minister, Rev Maggie McArthur, was joined by Peter Foster in helping young Cecily Stalin to plant an apple tree after the annual harvest thanksgiving service.

Following the service Ms McArthur paid tribute to those who had donated money and food items to charity to mark the season.

Almost £700 was collected for Christian Aid after Sunday morning’s service, along with, in the minister’s words, “a mountain of food produce” for the Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank.

She said: “A huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Thanksgiving donations.

“Special thanks to Mairi and family at Craigend Farm for the amazing variety of vegetables which were added to the delivery taken to the food bank today, and to Nancy and Stella for the barley grain and sheaves of wheat which beautified the church.

“The generosity shown by so many has been truly humbling.”

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