Tooled up

NEWS reaches us of a worthwhile appeal taking place at Skypark in Glasgow this week.

The business park is asking for donations for the city’s first dedicated tool library and calling for members to join up. The aim is to give anyone, from gardeners and artists to first-time home owners and trades people, access to tools without having to purchase them.

The Glasgow Tool Library, a social enterprise based at the city’s Civic House, supports the concept of a sharing economy by encouraging the re-use and repair of unused tools.

Founder Chris Strachan said: “Glasgow Tool Library works like a normal library, but instead of sharing books we share tools, for a small annual membership donation.

“Becoming a member of the tool library... can save you money and provide you with access to hundreds of tools.”

Mistaken identity

FOR a brief moment we thought it was the most unlikely career change.

Word filtered through to The Bottom Line that Derek Johnstone has been lined up to restore one of Scotland’s most historic walled gardens.

Surely big DJ, the former Rangers ace turned Evening Times columnist, who famously made his Light Blues debut aged just 16 in 1970, has not swapped the beautiful game for gardening? Surely he had not switched his blue nose for green fingers?

Alas, we quickly discovered, it was not football’s Derek Johnstone but the chef and TV gardener of the very same name who will be doing the work at Borthwick Castle. The gardening Johnstone will be working to restore the four-acre garden in Midlothian with horticulturalist Pete Jackson.

Elusive gong

LOCH Fyne Oysters has been in award-winning form of late, but one prize continues to elude it.

“It’s been a good year, we have won loads of awards,” said managing director Cameron Brown.

“Someone quipped we have won everything this year apart for the three-legged race at the Inveraray Highland Games, but we will try and do better next year!”