Park group has grand de­signs

Strathaven Friends plan gar­den

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

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The Friends of Strathaven Park are hop­ing to push their plans for a sen­sory gar­den to the next stage.

The Avon­dale group’s com­mit­tee have com­pleted their con­sul­ta­tion on the project – and have now sub­mit­ted the proposal to South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

Mem­bers of the com­mit­tee vis­ited lo­cal schools to dis­cuss the con­cept with some of the pupils, and to gather ideas as to what should be in­cluded in the new gar­den at the heart of the pop­u­lar park.

Staff from a nearby care home and a lo­cal chil­dren’s nurs­ery were also con­sulted.

In ad­di­tion, a ques­tion­naire was is­sued to lo­cal peo­ple, with hun­dreds of re­sponses gen­er­ated.

A huge 98 per cent of replies stated that a sen­sory gar­den would be a valu­able ad­di­tion to the park.

It is be­lieved the group will have to raise a five-fig­ure sum for the project and Friends of Strathaven Park chair­per­son Tricia Sum­mers be­lieves they’re off to a good start. She added: “Friends of Strathaven Park are re­ally grate­ful to all those who took the time to com­plete our ques­tion­naire or to meet with us.

“We’ve been over­whelmed by the en­thu­si­asm shown for the sen­sory gar­den proposal.

“The re­sponses were ex­tremely con­struc­tive, in­ter­est­ing and use­ful.

“Thanks to those in­di­vid­u­als and groups who’ve also of­fered to help. We will be con­tact­ing you all in due course.

“We sent our re­port, based on the re­sponses we re­ceived, to the de­sign team at South La­nark­shire Coun­cil in late Septem­ber. An up­date will be pro­vided on the next stage.”

Alis­tair McKin­non, head of fa­cil­i­ties, waste and grounds ser­vices with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, said: “We have re­ceived the group’s con­sul­ta­tion re­sponse and con­tact has been made with the plan­ning and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment team to set up a meet­ing for the them to dis­cuss po­ten­tial fund­ing for this project.

“Once this has been con­firmed, the land­scape de­vel­op­ment team will be in a po­si­tion to add this to their work pro­gramme and pre­pare an out­line de­sign based on the avail­able bud­get.”

Mean­while, Strathaven Park has been voted the best in Scot­land in a pub­lic vote for the sec­ond year run­ning.

En­vi­ron­men­tal char­ity Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful also con­firmed that the Avon­dale park made it into the top 10 in the UK in a poll of the coun­try’s best green spa­ces.

The pop­u­lar park has re­tained the ti­tle as Scot­land’s top park for the sec­ond year in a row.

Beat­ing more than 1799 of the UK’s best green spa­ces, Strathaven Park was pre­sented with the ac­co­lade of Scot­land’s top park as part of the Peo­ple’s Choice Awards scheme, ad­min­is­tered north of the bor­der by Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful.

Mr McKin­non con­tin­ued: “I am de­lighted that Strathaven Park has not only come out on top in Scot­land yet again, but has been rated in the top ten for the whole of the UK.

“Very well done to all con­cerned who will now be work­ing to make it three-in-a-row!”

Big plans The Friends of Strathaven Park from left: Derek Hamil­ton, He­len Young, Paulo Quadros and chair­per­son Tricia Sum­mers

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