Burn­side’s ‘thriv­ing’ un­der flower power

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A com­mu­nity group aimed at im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment in Burn­side has been given the ac­co­lade“thriv­ing”for the fourth year run­ning.

Burn­side in Bloom was as­sessed by Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful and the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety in Au­gust, and the group were de­lighted to hear the re­sults.

As part of the it’s Your Neigh­bour­hood scheme, the group scored 35 out of 40 for com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion.

They also scored 22 out of 30 for en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity and 23 out of 30 for gar­den­ing achieve­ment.

Their to­tal score meant they just missed out on be­ing graded as“out­stand­ing,”the high­est ac­co­lade avail­able.

Among the projects men­tioned by the as­ses­sors were im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment of the train sta­tion, reg­u­lar lit­ter picks, the plant­ing of hang­ing bas­kets and the wel­come sign on the bound­ary of the area.

A re­port handed to Burn­side in Bloom de­scribed them as:“An am­bi­tious and en­thu­si­as­tic group which has changed the phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance of the town as well as in­still­ing pride back into the com­mu­nity.”

It added:“A sig­nif­i­cant amount of plant­ing has changed the feel of the town and given pride to the lo­cals. Strong re­la­tions with lo­cal busi­nesses has en­abled the group to spread its work fur­ther and make the de­vel­op­ments sus­tain­able.”

In terms of de­vel­op­ment, they were urged to con­tinue strength­en­ing work­ing re­la­tions with the schools and nurs­eries as well as plant­ing fruit and veg.

They were also told to start a Face­book page, but sec­re­tary Malcolm Pig­gott this week pointed out they ac­tu­ally had one.

He added:“We would like to en­cour­age peo­ple to vol­un­teer to help out around Burn­side. We need fresh blood, and we need vol­un­teers to get in­volved.

“This is the fourth year we have been classed as‘thriv­ing’and we’re de­lighted that once again we seem to be do­ing what we set out to do.”

Asked if they hoped to gain “out­stand­ing”level next year, he laughed:“It’s al­ways good to have some­thing ahead of you.

“We will keep plug­ging away, but this is not so much about praise, it’s know­ing we are on the right track.”

Burn­side in Bloom was launched as an off­shoot of Burn­side Com­mu­nity Coun­cil in 2011.

It has or­gan­ised a range of events and ini­tia­tives and runs an an­nual gala day for the com­mu­nity.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to www.face­book.com/ burn­sid­ein­bloom or www. burn­sid­ein­bloom.word­press. com/.

Bloomin’ lovely Burn­side in Bloom mem­bers have helped brighten up the area

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