Residents set to enjoy new sensory garden in Lanarkshire village after winning £12.5,000 community grant


Lanarkshire villagers are set to benefit from a new sensory garden after receiving £12,500 from a wind farm grant.

Kirkmuirhill’s Hope Hub will open the facility following funding from Banks Renewables’ Kype Muir Wind Farm Community Fund.

It will open in late spring after winning the Hamilton employer grant in April last year.

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The money paid for a large polytunnel, raised beds, tools and equipment and plant seedlings, as well as the ability for the group to set up benches and pathways for the community to use. and enjoy it.

Hope Hub volunteers had worked hard every weekend to create the facility’s much-needed communal garden, which benefits Kirkmuirhill, Blackwood and the surrounding villages of Clydesdale.

Willie Moyes, a Hub volunteer, believes that many people in the surrounding area will benefit from the project.

He said: “We are delighted to finally be able to open this new community space, which we hope will benefit a wide range of people from all walks of life.

“Our group of dedicated volunteers have been brilliant, keeping the project on track despite some bad weather over the winter and various lockdowns.

The Hope Hub looks forward to opening the facility soon

“Raised beds and level pathways will make access easier for people with reduced mobility and there will be plenty to feel and smell for those who have difficulty seeing.

“It’s a quiet place to relax and so far has attracted groups of all ages, from kindergarten to senior citizens.

“There has already been a garden club formed with around 20-40 members who have started planting in the polytunnels and have even made plans for an orchard to be established later this year.”

The Hope Hub was founded in 2014 when Hope Church (Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill) was established – with around 130 members meeting weekly, temporarily in the community wing of Blackwood Primary School.

In 2016 the group acquired their current premises, the former Blackwood Care Home. Its dedicated volunteers transformed the building and grounds into a multi-purpose community center.

The charity exists to advance citizenship, support community wellbeing and the relief of poverty – and to encourage all statutory, third sector, community groups and members of rural communities to use the new installation.

Robin Winstanley, Head of Sustainability and External Affairs at Banks Renewables, said: “This new garden represents a vital step forward in the Hope Hub’s goals of creating a thriving community facility and we are delighted to have given it a helping hand. to reach this step.

“The new space is amazing and a total testament to the hard work of Willie and the rest of the team over the past 10 or so months.”

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