Grand designs for new sensory garden
Plans are unveiled
The Friends of Strathaven Park are hoping to push their plans for a sensory garden to the next stage.
The group’s committee have completed their consultation on the project – and have now submitted the proposal to South Lanarkshire Council.
Members visited schools to discuss the concept, 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 children’s nursery were also consulted.
In addition, a questionnaire was issued, which generated hundreds of responses. 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 and their chairperson Tricia Summers said: “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.”
Alistair Mckinnon, head of facilities, waste and grounds services with the 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.”
And just last, the Advertiser reported that Strathaven Park has been voted the best in Scotland in a public vote for the second year running.
Looking forward The group’s Derek Hamilton, Helen Young, Paulo Quadros and Tricia Summers