A hive of activity around fire station
Plans are on track to create a garden for local residents
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.