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20th anniversary tree planting ceremonies

On Thursday 5 September, Juliette Camburn, our Community Projects Officer who leads on our Beautiful Scotland initiative, was invited to attend two tree planting ceremonies. The events were held in Uddingston and Bothwell, to mark the 20th anniversaries of Brighter Bothwell and Uddingston Pride, groups which have been taking part in Beautiful Scotland for many years (this year Uddingston Pride is also one of our Scottish UK Britain in Bloom finalists). It was very fitting, and an honour to be a part of these celebrations, especially as we also celebrate 20 years of our charity.

The Provost of South Lanarkshire, Cllr Ian McAllan addressed both events which were attended by Cllrs, group members, members of the community, children from local schools and council grounds staff, and said of Uddingston Pride:

“I am delighted to be here this morning to mark 20 years of the founding of Uddingston Pride - and really – the name says it all. When you drive through the village these days you really do get the sense of a community that is proud of where they live, work, shop and socialise.

“That pride started 20 years ago when a group of residents decided to quite literally take things into their own hands. They decided the Main Street really needed some TLC – so out came the floral baskets and planters to give the street the ‘Wow’ factor that is still present to this day. People from all walks of life have lent a hand over the years, from local businesses and community groups, to schools, churches and of course Viewpark Community Allotments.

“The council is very grateful for what you have done for your area. It would be impossible to mention everything but I would like to highlight some of them today: the refurbished Crofthead Park, the lovely gateway sign as you enter Uddingston, transforming Uddingston Station into one of the most attractive stations in Scotland, planting trees and wild flowers to attract butterflies and other insects at the recently drained and redeveloped pond at the side of the M74.

“And of course, praise has come from further afield than South Lanarkshire. Over the years you have been highly successful when entering the village in major competitions including Beautiful Scotland and Britain in Bloom. So, I can think of no more fitting way to mark your 20-year history of successfully transforming your area than to plant this tree which, like your efforts, will continue to grow over the coming years.”

Moving on to Bothwell, Provost McAllan said: “20 years ago, a group of residents decided that Bothwell needed a bit of a tidy to brighten the place up. And from those early days, Brighter Bothwell has moved and evolved into what it has become today.

“Through involving the whole community, from local businesses and schools, to churches and community groups, Brighter Bothwell has made the town what it is today - it is not just a very attractive place, it is a place valued by its residents.

“You take pride in what you do, and I am delighted to say that the Council has been able to assist where it can with many projects to continually improve the area.

“The work you have carried out over the years is staggering – from litter picking and general clear-ups of previously neglected land, to floral displays and hanging baskets.

“And, of course, praise has come from further afield. From the outset, you took part in the Beautiful Scotland initiative, initially as a guide to see if your work was heading in the right direction.

“From those early years you certainly have been heading in the right direction – from humble beginnings of “first class effort” to no fewer than three gold medals in recent years.”

The Provost, Juliette, and pupils from P1 and P7 of Bothwell’s primary schools then took it in turn to add soil to the tree. Marjory Robertson from Brighter Bothwell concluded by saying: “You young people are here today representing the future generations who will watch this tree grow and flourish. Your schools are involved with Brighter Bothwell activities and we enjoy working with you. We hope that as you and your friends grow and flourish in the years to come, you will maintain an interest in caring for Bothwell’s environment. You are our volunteers of the future!”

We would like to extend our heart-felt thanks to everyone involved in Uddingston Pride and Brighter Bothwell, and to the council grounds team, for all that you do to make your part of Scotland clean, green, sustainable and, of course, beautiful! You are an inspiration to others and a great example of what can be achieved if everyone works together in partnership.

09 March 2020

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