Grand de­signs for new sen­sory gar­den

Plans are un­veiled

Hamilton Advertiser - - ENVIRONMENT - Staff re­porter

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

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