Park facelift funded by plastic bag levy

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Bishopbriggs Park will soon be blooming thanks to an £8,000 grant from the Tesco Bags for Life programme and help from some hard-working school pupils.

The park was awarded the money, raised by collecting the 5p levy charged for single-use plastic carrier bags at the supermarket, after customers voted for their favourite shortlisted local project.

The grant means that some much needed environmental improvements can be scheduled by East Dunbartonshire Council to provide an enhanced visitor experience for both young and old alike.

The plans include the planting of a wide variety of trees ranging from Cherry trees to Japanese Maples with their glorious autumn colour.

A display of daffodils is planned while additional carvings will also soon appear in the park.

A start to the improvements has already been made with both Balmuildy Primary and Wester Cleddens Primary planting a variety of woodland native wildflowers ranging from the delicate Primrose to the vibrant Red Campion.

The Countryside Rangers have worked with the pupils to plant a total of 3,000 pot grown wildflowers. These wildflowers will add a splash of colour to the woodlands of the park while also improving the biodiversity of Bishopbriggs Park.

Councillor Stewart MacDonald, Convener of Neighbourhood Services, joined pupils from Wester Cleddens Primary to help improve the local area.

She said: “I was glad to join the pupils and see the fantastic job they did. I’d like to thank everyone who took part for all their hard work which will really benefit the local environment.

“The council was delighted to receive funding from the Bags for Life Programme, which will really help transform Bishopbriggs Park.

“It was particularly pleasing to hear that the project was chosen as part of a public vote and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for it.”