Marvellous Main Street
More than 100 people took part in Cambuslang’s celebration which marked the completion of Greening the Main Street on Saturday.
Funded with a £35,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Communities Capital Fund, the project has given Cambuslang Main Street a makeover with 15 street planters, 26 barrier baskets and 60 hanging baskets.
A 186m plant bed has also been created on the north side of Main Street and welcome banners have been installed at three entrances to the road.
Cambuslang in Bloom has also been created with 25 new volunteers.
The celebration, held on Main Street, was organised to thank the volunteers and wider community for their support.
In a speech at the event John Bachtler, treasurer of Cambuslang Community Council, who coordinated the project, said:“This has been a real community project, with people of all ages.
“It has involved primary schools, Universal Connections youth group and the Lightburn Elderly Association.
“Shopkeepers along the entire length of Main Street now have hanging baskets and many are helping to look after the street planters as well.
“We are also very grateful to South Lanarkshire Council for their active support.”
John also thanked Jimmy and Scott Stevenson from the Urban Alfresco Garden Centre for their support, George Bruce and his team from First Steps Future Training for their work on their new plant bed and business owners Angeline Coyle, of the Tea Bay, and Jean Austin, of Pandora’s Box, for helping to drive the project.
Linda Wallace, chairwoman of Cambuslang in Bloom, said:“The improvements to Main Street would not have been possible without the volunteers of Cambuslang in Bloom.
“They have been out two or three times a week in all weathers looking after the plants and watering the baskets.
“An important part of our celebration event today is to say a big thank you to them but also to encourage new volunteers to get involved.”
Children from Cairns and James Aiton primary schools have been actively involved in the project, providing photos of children for the banners.
The P3 classes also made giant paper flowers for the celebration and were given prizes by Margaret Ferrier MP and Councillor Richard Tullet for their creative displays.
Cambuslang Community Council are now looking for funding to make further improvements, with bin shelters, repainting the railings and more parking high on the agenda.
Helping out Margaret Ferrier MP, Clare Haughey MSP and Councillor Richard Tullett with children who have been involved
Green for go Cambuslang in Bloom members