Homhills Park joins na­tional ini­tia­tive

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A much loved park in Cam­bus­lang hopes to im­prove its green cre­den­tials and wel­come more visi­tors in 2016 as it joins a na­tional ini­tia­tive.

Friends of Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park has joined the It’s Your Neigh­bour­hood pro­gramme in a bid to im­prove gar­den­ing at the park, tackle en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lems and boost com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion.

The group will work with Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful and the Royal Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety, who run the scheme to achieve their aims in th­ese three ar­eas.

Hi­lary Pa­ton from the friends group said: “We are de­lighted to be par­tic­i­pat­ing in our first for­mal scheme to help clean up Holmhills Park.

“Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful are a great or­gan­i­sa­tion and be­ing part of the It’s Your Neigh­bour­hood scheme will help en­cour­age us to reach our goals to im­prove the park, to en­gage more with other com­mu­nity groups, clean up and pre­vent lit­ter and tackle dog foul­ing.

“Ear­lier this year, with the help of do­na­tions from the pub­lic in Cam­bus­lang, we started our first wild flower plant­ing project at the Lan­glea Grove en­trance.

“All of th­ese aims will help us make Holmhills Park a nicer place to be.”

An ex­pert from Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful has al­ready vis­ited Holmhills Park and will pro­vide an as­sess­ment of the group’s work to date and of­fer rec­om­men­da­tions on how they can fur­ther im­prove their ef­forts.

Ca­role Noble, di­rec­tor at Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful, said: “Keep Scot­land Beau­ti­ful is de­lighted that Friends of Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park is tak­ing part this year.

“We some­times for­get the mas­sive im­pact that a clean and green en­vi­ron­ment has on peo­ple. But, there is am­ple ev­i­dence that a good lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment can de­liver a broad range of as­so­ci­ated ben­e­fits in terms of phys­i­cal and men­tal health and well­be­ing, com­mu­nity co­he­sion and civic pride, and the cre­ation of eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

To join the group, con­tact Hi­lary by email­ing holmhillspark@ya­hoo.com.

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