Award for ecology workers
DEEP winds up after achievements
The achievements of a community group have been celebrated at a special event.
The Dedridge Environment Ecology Project (DEEP) is winding up its activities as many of its key members feel that they have accomplished what they set out to achieve.
To mark the event and the contribution of the group, a special plaque made of recycled wood was unveiled at the Lanthorn Community Centre.
During the last 10 years, the group has been instrumental in progressing and completing several major environmental improvements to the Dedridge corridor between the A71 and its confluence with the River Almond.
Among the group’s work have been Dedridge Burn Plantation woodland improvement works, the Dedridge Pond restoration project, Lanthorn Pond restoration and construction of overflow to reduce flood risk, Wave Pond (now Jubilee Pond) restoration and environmental improvements, Livingston South Blue Green Network, a joint project with groups from Bellsquarry and Murieston and the New Life for the Lanthorn Park project.
The group also worked in partnership with groups in Bellsquarry and Murieston on wideranging improvements at Bankton Mains, Bellsquarry and Murieston Greenway under the Livingston South Blue Green Network Project. The group also has been supported by a number of council services.
Executive councillor for the environment Tom Conn commented: “On behalf of West Lothian Council and the local community I would like to thank everyone who has been involved with the DEEP’s environmental improvements over the years. The group has worked tirelessly to improve the environment for people living in Dedridge by pushing forward major improvement projects; to accomplish these they also secured significant funding and motivated and inspired the local community.
“In recognising the work of this fantastic group I would like to highlight two particular people Roley Walton and Wilma Shearer who have been the driving force of the group since it was established. Roley and Wilma have been inspirational members of our community.”
Proud achievements The group celebrated their decade of work at the Lanthorn Centre.