Friends unite to care for dear green space
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Two determined women who sparked up a friendship while walking their dogs in Balloch Park are launching a campaign to spruce up the “fantastic asset”.
Gillian Clark and Jan Shields want to set up a Friends of Balloch Park group to promote the area and enhance the site which is popular with both local people and tourists.
First, they are embarking on a massive information exercise, gathering data on those who uses the park to help provide suggestions on what they want to see in the area.
Gillian, 54, said: “I think I know every inch of the park. I stay in Balloch and I am in the park every day. I walk my dog up there every day and Jan’s the same.
“I got to know Jan through walking the dogs. She was quite keen to join the community council and last April we joined at the same time.”
The ladies started chatting while at a Balloch and Haldane Community Council meeting and decided to focus their attention on the park.
Gillian added: “The park is a fantastic asset. We have got the wood sculptures which Patrick Muir has been doing and they are fabulous.
“A lot of people are bringing their children into the park to look at the wood carvings. It’s great.
“We just want to do anything we can do to improve things in the park and to enhance the park for visitors.”
In collaboration with West Dunbartonshire Council’s Greenspace department, the ladies are trying to gather as much information as they can about those who use the park and ideas of how it can be improved. They are keen to hear from people who regularly visit the park to get information about facilities they would like to see, for example, more public toilets.
Gillian also acknowledged that a minority of people don’t pick up their dog’s mess and advised that this is another aspect they will be addressing.
She added: “There’s a whole lot of things happening in Balloch. It’s an exciting time and we think we can make a difference if we can get this database and get a committee set up to help oversee things.
“It would be good if there were people able to do hands-on things to help tidy up certain areas of the park and promote wildlife.”
Anyone interested in the park or who has information they would like to feed into the database, should contact Eileen O’Hare from West Dunbartonshire Council’s Greenspace department by emailing Eileen.o’firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her on 01389753971 or 07805809883.
There are a whole lot of things happening in Balloch. It’s an exciting time Gillian Clark
Park pals Jan Sheilds and Gillian Clark who have launched the Friends of Balloch Park Group 010317FRIENDS_OF_BALLOCH_PARK_001 Location location Location Balloch Castle is in a stunning setting
Beauty spot Balloch Park