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GROW 73 TO BLOSSOM WITH NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN
Local community gardening group Grow 73 have secured the lease of three dormant bowling greens to develop a community garden in Rutherglen.
In August 2018, Grow 73 submitted a formal application for the asset transfer of three unused bowling greens in Overtoun Park, and councillors approved the bid last week (20th March). Currently, South Lanarkshire Council leases the land to Overtoun Bowling Club but only one green out of four is used.
Grow 73 have been trying to secure land for community growing for four years, and this successful application means they have entered into a 15-year lease of the dormant land.
The group already deliver weekly community gardening sessions within the park.
The news has been welcomed by local elected representatives.
Cllr Janine Calikes who voted to approve the transfer, and whose Rutherglen Central and North ward takes in Overtoun Park, said:
“I am absolutely thrilled for Grow 73, and it was a pleasure to vote in favour of their application. They do brilliant work locally and they thoroughly deserve the opportunity to continue expanding.”
Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey added:
“After four years of trying to obtain land, it really is wonderful news the asset transfer was approved. I wish everyone associated with Grow 73 all the best with the project, and I look forward to watching the garden develop.”
The Housing and Technical Resources paper (20th March 2019), which was approved, can be found on the link below:
Date published: 21st March 2019