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Residents Come Together to Create a Community Garden

Local residents have come together with a vision to transform a patch of waste land next to the Town Hall into a vibrate community space for locals to enjoy thanks to a recent funding boost!

The initiative, which is still in the early stages, has been awarded £1000 from the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Community Project Fund.

The hope is to turn a patch of land behind Clackmannan Town Hall, which has been unused for around 12 years, into a place everyone can enjoy.

The money is being given to Clackmannan Development Trust (CDT) to kickstart the project and an event was held on Friday, June 30, to seek the views of local residents.

Margaret Schofield, volunteer and CDT member, said: “The intention is to use a neglected piece of land next to the town hall to create a community garden where locals can grow flowers, fruit and vegetables, or just sit and chat.

“We hope that some of the produce can be used by Bargains & Bites Community Café which is held in the Town Hall.

“The garden would be in keeping with the Community Action Plan 2015-2020, supported by the Coalfields Community Futures, which identified the need to regenerate under-utilised space around the town.

“The grant money will be used to kick-start the project, allowing us to replace broken fencing, clear the ground of rubble, and purchase some materials to build raised beds, create paths and provide storage.

“We will be seeking additional funds to take the project into 2018 and beyond.

“Local organisations such as Scottish Autism and The Wee County Men’s Shed have offered assistance, and we look forward to creating a welcoming space.”

People are invited to get in touch with CDT to find out how they can get involved and donations of items like old garden sheds and preloved garden tools that are still in good condition will be very welcome.

The £40,000 Community Project Fund is supported by £30,000 funding from the Greggs Foundation and £10,000 from Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGNT).

It is providing one-off grants of up to £1000 to support small-scale greenspace initiatives and to foster community engagement in maintaining and enhancing the local environment.

Keith Geddes, chair of CSGNT, said: “The CSGN Community Project Fund aims to support local groups in delivering the CSGN vision on the ground.

“The standard of applications to this year’s fund was fantastic and we have awarded the grants to a wide range of greenspace activities right across the central belt, from projects that aim to educate future generations on driving sustainability to those looking to restore working lives, build confidence and teach new skills.

“Small-scale local initiatives like the Clackmannan Town Hall Community Garden are instrumental in achieving our goal of creating a high-quality green network across central Scotland to improve the quality of life for local communities.”

 

 

Anyone interested in getting involved in this project are welcome to get in touch by dropping an email to: clackdevtrust@hotmail.com

 

 

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