Bloom­ing lovely

Flo­ral bas­kets brighten up Main Street

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Cam­bus­lang Main Street is awash with colour this week af­ter re­ceiv­ing the next stage of its flo­ral makeover.

The Green­ing the Main Street pro­gramme, run by Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, saw 15 large street planters filled with an ar­ray of flow­ers, while over 60 hang­ing bas­kets were hung out­side shops on the busy thor­ough­fare.

A team of vol­un­teers from the new Cam­bus­lang in Bloom group - a part­ner­ship be­tween the com­mu­nity coun­cil and Cam­bus­lang Al­lot­ments - worked for sev­eral days to fill the street planters with a va­ri­ety of peren­nial and an­nual plants.

Each of the large planters has been ‘adopted’ by a busi­ness on the Main Street and the ma­jor­ity of shops have also of­fered to host and look af­ter a hang­ing bas­ket.

Stephen McDer­mott, phar­ma­cist at Les­lie Chemist, said: “The Main Street looks a lot bet­ter with all the plants . We will make sure our planter and bas­kets are well looked af­ter”.

Linda Wal­lace, co­or­di­na­tor of Cam­bus­lang in Bloom, said: “This project has over­whelm­ing sup­port from all sec­tions of the com­mu­nity.

“Dur­ing the big plant­ing, the vol­un­teers were con­grat­u­lated and en­cour­aged by mem­bers of the pub­lic and lo­cal busi­nesses. Passers-by were de­lighted to see their lo­cal shop­ping street given a makeover with many stop­ping to of­fer help.”

Hilda Al­li­son, mem­ber of the com­mu­nity coun­cil and Cam­bus­lang in Bloom, said: “There is other plant­ing still to come. Lo­cal busi­nesses are con­tin­u­ing to sign up to the hang­ing bas­ket scheme. We will also be in­stalling bar­rier bas­kets on the rail­ings and cre­at­ing a new plant bed on the north side of the Main Street over the com­ing weeks.”

John Bachtler, trea­surer of Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said: “The re­sponse from the com­mu­nity has been fan­tas­tic. We started off with a small core team, and it has grown to over 25 vol­un­teers who have joined Cam­bus­lang in Bloom to of­fer sev­eral hours a month to look af­ter the plants. It’s a great ex­am­ple of what can be achieved when the com­mu­nity works to­gether.

“In last year’s Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil Com­mu­nity sur­vey, lo­cal busi­ness and res­i­dents made it clear that the Main Street must im­prove: the plant­ing is just the first stage, and we need to go on to ad­dress other is­sues such as the bins and park­ing prob­lems as well”.

Cam­bus­lang in Bloom has re­ceived a wealth of sup­port from James and Scott Steven­son of the Ur­ban Al­fresco Gar­den Cen­tre, who iden­ti­fied, sourced, trans­ported and helped in­stall plants used in the project.

Ge­orge Bruce and his team from the First Steps Fu­ture Train­ing char­ity also made a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion, fix­ing all the brack­ets for hang­ing bas­kets.

Green­ing the Main Street is funded by a £35,000 grant won by Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil from the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s Town Cen­tre Com­mu­ni­ties Cap­i­tal Fund.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in join­ing Cam­bus­lang in Bloom should email cam­bus­lang­bloom@ aol.com

Team 25 peo­ple have joined the Cam­bus­lang in Bloom project

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