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Lend a helping hand at Kirkfieldbank Park this autumn

There are many opportunities to help out locally as part of CCI's environmental volunteering programme

Volunteers are being sought to help out at Kirkfieldbank Park on Tuesday 28 August from 10.30am to 12.30pm to tidy up the sensory garden and help to clear the walk around the park.

The sensory garden was completed last September and has been a valuable asset for the entire community. It has looked beautiful each season and at present requires some TLC to refresh and maintain it for the coming year.

Led by Clydesdale Community Initiatives, local volunteers will tidy up the sensory garden, and help to clear the once popular walk around the park which has vanished under plant growth.

Then, on Sunday 23 October from 10am -12pm, CCI will provide expert advice and training on pruning and caring for orchard trees in the sensory garden in Kirkfieldbank Park. This will help the Kirkfieldbank Community Park Group to care for their orchard trees and hopefully produce some delicious fruit.

Susan Hamilton of the Kirkfieldbank Community Group said: “The work in the park has not just been about the provision of additional resources for the residents of Kirkfieldbank and beyond, but also the involvement of local people in creating something special, which brings people closer together. The park is a real showcase of the area to visitors and those passing through the Clyde Valley.”

These open sessions have been organised in collaboration with Community Action Lanarkshire, as part of the CCI environmental volunteering programme.

Ewan Bachell, CAL fevelopment officer, added: “It’s fantastic to see the transformation which has been taking place in the park and we hope that this work will encourage more people to visit to walk, relax and play.

“This volunteering opportunity is just one of many available through the CCI Environmental Volunteering programme delivered in collaboration with CAL. These opportunities give local communities the tools to set up their own groups to conserve treasured areas on their doorsteps for the benefit of all.”

Tools, tea and coffee will be provided by CCI, but volunteers should bring along their own packed lunch.

Anyone looking to find out more, and to register to come along for either day, should contact CCI at / 01555 664 211.