Donations help long distance path clear-up

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Milngavie in Bloom has spruced up the start of the West Highland Way thanks to two donations totalling £1,000.

The vast bulk on of the money - £600 came from a very generous donation from the organisation that oversees the long distance path, The West Highland Way Board. A further £400 come from the local branch of the Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers.

The money is being spent on clearing weeds and overgrowth from the borders along a half mile stretch at the start of the long distance path and replanting it with flowers and saplings.

Vice-chair of Milngavie in Bloom, Jenny Overton, said: “We have to fund all this work ourselves so all the donations we receive are really appreciated. Thankfully The West Highland Way Board helped us out and this money is being used to plant one thousand blue bells and 250 daffodils which will look very nice next spring.”

So far Milngavie in Bloom has undertaken three working parties to clear the ground and plant the area with the help of members from the local Ramblers group and other volunteers from the wider community.

Mrs Overton added: “We have some ambitious plans over the next five years to complete the replanting of this section of the West Highland Way along its borders all the way up to the bridge.”

It is estimated the total cost for the five year project will be somewhere in the region of £4,000.

Although the majority of the hard work has been completed for this year, members from the horticultural group will be back next year to maintain the area and check the plants are bedding in well.

Mrs Overton added: “This is not just the start of the West Highland Way, it is also a popular local walkway for school children and local people.

“We have undertaken to do this because we want to give something back to the community and create a beautiful space for people to enjoy when they walk into and out of Milngavie on what is one of a very popular walkways.”