Castlemilk group dig into park’s her­itage

Rutherglen Reformer - - Info..Info..Info - Jonathan Ged­des

A Castlemilk her­itage group are hop­ing to land an award next week.

The How Old Are Yew group, who meet in Castlemilk Park, are in the run­ning for a Scot­tish Her­itage An­gel Award, which will be an­nounced on Tues­day.

The awards, which wel­comed over 50 nom­i­na­tions for her­itage vol­un­teers across the coun­try, cel­e­brate the ef­forts of vol­un­teers in help­ing to un­der­stand, pro­tect and value Scot­land’s her­itage and his­tory.

How Old Are Yew, who are part of Friends of Castlemilk Park, meet every two months for talks, guest speak­ers and trips to dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions.

They have been nom­i­nated in the in­ves­ti­gat­ing and record­ing cat­e­gory.

Richard Bolton, com­mu­nity wood­land of­fi­cer with Cas­sil­toun Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion, was pleased at the group be­ing recog­nised.

He said: “I sup­pose it re­ally re­flects the work done over the last few years here.

“We’ve had a cou­ple of digs, a dis­play for Kelv­in­grove Art Gallery and lots of things like that.

“The other week we were in the ice house at the park and cleared out the veg­e­ta­tion that had been grow­ing there.

“It’s quite an ac­tive group and there’s some re­ally keen in­di­vid­u­als part of it.

“They’re all re­ally pleased to get this nom­i­na­tion and get a chance to talk to other peo­ple at the awards with sim­i­lar pas­sions.

“It also helps to raise the pro­file of the park as a whole.

“Castlemilk is a place that has lost a lot of her­itage over the years so a group like this can be re­ally help­ful in try­ing to keep the her­itage there and make peo­ple aware of the his­tory that is here.

“We’ve been record­ing some of the sto­ries of the for­est and the legacy of the peo­ple that worked around there in the past.

“There’s even quite mod­ern his­tory. We looked through some of the old sites for the flats re­cently and there were peo­ple who’d lived in them in the past.

“When we cut the ice house and posted about it on Face­book we even had some­one men­tion­ing he’d played there in the 1960s so what the group do is bring back mem­o­ries.

“It’s re­ally im­por­tant to share it with peo­ple in a way that they’ll find in­ter­est­ing and that will get peo­ple talk­ing.”

An­drew Lloyd Web­ber, whose char­ity es­tab­lished the awards in Scot­land, said: “It is won­der­ful to shine a light on the en­deav­ours of these Scot­tish her­itage an­gels, whose tri­umphs of ded­i­ca­tion, en­ergy and tenac­ity might other­wise go un­sung.

“Every one of them is vi­tal to pre­serv­ing and pro­mot­ing the rich­ness of Scot­land’s her­itage.

“I con­grat­u­late them all on their fine achieve­ments.” The cer­e­mony will take place in Ed­in­burgh. The next meet­ing of How Old Are Yew will take place on Fri­day, Novem­ber 18, at 1.30pm.

Pres­tige The group’s work has been dis­played at Kelv­in­grove Art Gallery

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