Parents plan to start community gardening project
A group of Rutherglen parents are aiming to start a community gardening project at Overtoun Park.
Mum Eugenie Aroutcheff attended Burnside Community Council last week, where she revealed that herself and fellow parents Lynn Semple and Amy Mackie, want to take advantage of free space in the park.
Eugenie insists the new project isn’t an allotment, but rather a garden for the whole community, which locals could use to share their gardening knowledge.
She also thinks local schools would benefit from it.
Eugenie said: “So far, by speaking to schools, they are all targeting their Green Flag award. Therefore, we think it would be beneficial to provide an area to grow food so children can understand where food comes from. It would also help increase footfall in the park”
They have identified the area of the park between the BMX track and the bowling green as a potential spot. Although they have yet to contact the council, the parents have the support of community groups Friends of Overtoun Park and Burnside in Bloom.
And Eugenie thinks this will benefit the entire community: “This will allow elderly people who maybe know a lot about gardening but don’t have a garden themselves to do some gardening.
“They could show children and young people their gardening knowledge so it could help to narrow the gap between generations.
“We’d also like to work with people who are disabled. Studies have shown that people who engage in things like community gardening can benefit from it.”
However the community gardening project isn’t the only thing the parents are doing to draw people to the park.
They have been in contact with the Eden Project, an educational charity, with regards to holding their Big Lunch event in Overtoun Park
The aim of the Big Lunch is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours or the wider community on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.
The group were successful, and the Big Lunch will come to Overtoun Park on June 7 from 1pm till 3pm.
Residents are invited to go along to share food and friendship with the community. There is no alcohol allowed.
Of the community gardening project, Stephen Kelly, head of facilities, waste and ground services at South Lanarkshire Council said: “We are happy to discuss any proposals for a community project and look forward to hearing from the group.”