Par­ents plan to start com­mu­nity gar­den­ing project

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

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.”

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