A hive of ac­tiv­ity around fire sta­tion

Plans are on track to cre­ate a gar­den for lo­cal res­i­dents

Rutherglen Reformer - - Gossip Girl - Jonathan Ged­des

There might soon be an ex­tra buzz around Cly­desmill Fire Sta­tion.

Plans are un­der­way to turn a piece of ground there into a com­mu­nity space, which will in­clude bee hives.

The hope is that the West­burn Drive site can pro­vide a greener and health­ier way of liv­ing for lo­cals.

Robert Deans, sta­tion man­ager at Cly­desmill, said: “It’s a piece of ground that wasn’t used in the past and we’re look­ing at mak­ing it a com­mu­nity grow­ing space.

“Ide­ally what will hap­pen is that cer­tain groups will take own­er­ship of the gar­den there as time goes on.

“We’ll have bee hives on the site which will be man­aged by the Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen Bee­keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide a safe site and also an ed­u­ca­tional space, where peo­ple can find out more about cer­tain things.

“Hope­fully we can use the gar­den as a tool for help­ing peo­ple grow their own food, and cook their own food, and make the area health­ier and greener.”

The project has been helped by a cash grant from Pride of Place, and Robert is op­ti­mistic they can se­cure fur­ther fund­ing.

He added: “We’ve had a £5000 grant from Pride of Place, which has funded phase one of the project and pro­vided all the paths and hard stand­ing which house the hives.

“Uti­liz­ing the com­mu­nity pay­back ser­vice, we’ve es­tab­lished the path that will give ac­cess into the gar­den and we’ve got some fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions in for the fu­ture, too, which would fund phase two of the project, which would be a com­mu­nity gar­den.”

Robert hopes the project can boost the lo­cal area, and is ea­ger for other groups to get in­volved.

He said: “It’s a good ed­u­ca­tion and en­gage­ment op­por­tu­nity.

“I know West­burn nurs­ery are al­ready in­ter­ested and we’d hope to get in­volved with mother and child groups, sup­port groups, and a lo­cal school.

“South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have also helped us sig­nif­i­cantly with set­ting this up.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in mak­ing use of the project should con­tact Robert though the fire sta­tion.

Cre­at­ing A Buzz Bee­keep­ers Doreen Fer­gu­son and Jane O’Hara set up hives at Cly­desmill fire sta­tion as sta­tion man­ager Robert Deans and fire­fight­ers Ash­ley Aitchi­son, Robert Saun­ders, Mark Tracey and Rus­sell Bell cheer them on.

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