MILNGAVIE will be in full bloom next spring thanks to £5,500 of funding from Awards for All Scotland which will be used to build a community garden in the town centre.
East Dunbartonshire Council has been working in partnership with community group Milngavie in Bloom to secure the grant.
They identified a suitable area for development close to the Fraser Centre and thanks to the council’s sponsorship, landscape designer Fiona Robertson prepared plans for the garden.
The work is now being carried out by Gregg McIntosh, of Oakburn Gardens and Trees, who will undertake slabbing, wall construction and soil reinstatement.
When this is complete, the garden will then be brought to life by community groups like Milngavie in Bloom, Scouts, Boys’ Brigade, Milngavie Youth Café and Park Road Sheltered Housing Complex.
Councillor John Dempsey, vice convener of the council’s development and infrastructure committee, said: “The work carried out by Milngavie in Bloom has really enhanced the town centre over recent years. The volunteers have brought a lot of colour into the town, making it an attractive place to live and visit.
“Now it will look even better with the introduction of this new community garden. I am delighted the council was able to support the group to make their funding application which will result in a beautiful new feature in the town centre. This is a great opportunity for local community groups to get together to create a garden everyone can be proud of.”
Milngavie in Bloom is a charity comprised entirely of volunteers who are passionate about improving the natural environment and civic pride in Milngavie through planting and litter clearance, bringing colour to the town.
The group’s Heather Lindsay said: “We are delighted with the support we have received from the council over this project. We are also grateful to the council gardeners, for the work they have done clearing the shrubs ready for the new work to begin.”
Earlier this year the group was awarded the Beautiful Scotland New Entrant Trophy and was presented with a beautiful Edinburgh Crystal Rose bowl. They were also awarded the silver medal in the Large Town category and the rose bowl and certificates are currently displayed in Black & Lizars window in Main Street.
Now with the creation of the new community garden, the group can greater enhance the town with plants and flowers, for the benefit of residents and visitors.
MP Jo Swinson congratulated the group on their award. She said: “It’s brilliant news that Milngavie in Bloom has received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. This community group are going from strength to strength, having also recently achieved success in the Beautiful Scotland competition.
“This funding will ensure the group can build on their current successes with a new feature right at the heart of Milngavie. Congratulations to Milngavie in Bloom on their grant and continuing to put the colour back into Milngavie – enhancing its reputation as a town we can all be proud of.”