Cash boost for charred beauty spot

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East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Find­lay

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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

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