Cash boost for charred beauty spot
Winter may be upon us – but it’s as busy as ever at an East Kilbride beauty spot.
When fire tore through Langlands Moss in May, for the second time in less than a year, volunteers faced an uphill battle to restore the site.
A significant area of heathland was charred and another large chunk of the boardwalk was destroyed, ensuring large sections were off limits to visitors.
Heartless firebugs had already caused significant damage in July 2016 and the Friends of Langlands Moss (FOLM), who run the site, feared vandals had struck again. But they vowed to battle on. And a number of new grants have allowed them to continue with their restoration work.
A £500 cash boost from Volunteering Matters (Action Earth) allowed FOLM to host a popular ‘Batman and Mothin’ event with support from the butterfly and bat group.
Meanwhile, £200 from South Lanarkshire Council’s community fund will be spent on creating a more user-friendly website.
FOLM chair Maureen Potter said: “We’re always very appreciative of the regular grants we receive from various bodies.
“The Action Earth grant was also used to buy bulbs which were planted by the East Kilbride 6th Beavers in the wildflower meadow at the end of September.
“Pond plants were also bought and these were planted in the ponds by pupils of Auldhouse Primary School.”
The future of Langlands Moss is the subject of a survey open to East Kilbride residents until Thursday, November 30. It can be accessed through the FOLM Facebook page.
“We have had a very good response,” Maureen added.
Grateful Friends of Langlands Moss chair Maureen Potter