Minister welcomed to Clydesmill Community Fire Station garden and apiary
16 June 2016
MSP Michael Matheson hears how the inspiring environmental project will engage with community
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service welcomed Justice Secretary Michael Matheson to a new community garden and apiary at our Clydesmill station.
The MSP was able to wander around the grounds with Director of Response and Resilience, Lewis Ramsay, and see for himself work that has been undertaken to prepare the site.
The cost-neutral project has been spearheaded by Clydesmill Station Manager Robert Deans and supported by Local Senior Officer, Alan Fairbairn.
The preparatory work was carried out thanks to the Community Payback Scheme - including pathway, fencing and even a bee hive area.
And future plans for the garden include raised beds, orchard, picnic area, outdoor study, tool store, water storage and collection method, sensory area, wildflowers, a bug hotel and bird boxes.
Partners include South Lanarkshire Council, Lanarkshire Beekeepers Association, Cambuslang Apiary Project, Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Cairns Primary School and Westburn Nursery.
Local Senior Officer Alan Fairbairn said: "The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is pleased to announce the creation of a community garden and apiary at our Clydesmill Station.
"This inspirational environmental project will allow us to engage with even more people and groups than ever before and we very much look forward to welcoming them into what will surely be a very beautiful and relaxing but nonetheless educational setting.
"I would like to congratulate Station Manager Robert Deans for his dedication in making this a reality - but it would not have been possible without the assistance of funding and, of course, our partners.
"There is no better example of the benefits of the Community Payback Scheme which helped lay the very foundation upon which this garden will be built.
"I hope it gave the team a tremendous amount of satisfaction in helping create a lasting community legacy that we hope will be used for generations to come.”
Mr Matheson told how communities across Scotland will see real benefits in their local areas from an increase in community sentences after the Scottish Government announced £4 million extra funding.
Unpaid work carried out under CPO delivers real improvements for local communities, from renovation and repair work to support offered to local charities and groups.
Mr Matheson said: "Ensuring that robust community sentences, like Community Payback Orders, are available is critical to that, which is why we’ve invested this additional £4 million. CPOs are much more effective at reducing re-offending than short-term prison sentences and offer people the chance to pay back to their communities and make a real difference in their local areas."