Mar­vel­lous Main Street

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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