Lanarkshire fire station's nature garden is faring well

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Angeline Sneddon

Firefighters in Motherwell are getting used to the fire station's new inhabitants.

The North Lanarkshire site is now home to two beehives as part of a nature garden project, which hopes to become part of a wider pollinator network around Scotland.

Watch Commander Christopher Veitch is overseeing the yard's development.

He said: "I joined the Lanarkshire Beekeepers' Association and have worked with one of the experienced beekeepers to help us site two hives here at the station.

"They sit within our nature garden area at the bottom of the yard, which has been transformed by this project.

"I was delighted to receive a donation of 120 tree saplings from the Woodland Trust charity and these were planted back in March this year.

"We have also allowed the grass to grow and wild flowers are starting to come through, which is attracting butterflies and other insects.

"I have grown some plants at home and will be planting these within the station grounds as they get bigger.

"I'm also looking to get some bird feeders to encourage more wildlife to the area, along with raised planters to grow vegetables."

It's hoped this project will be replicated at Bellshill Fire Station and further afield.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's sustainability manager Kenneth Blake welcomed Motherwell's efforts.

He said: "We are really heartened to see these kinds of nature projects spring up in stations across the country.

"This feeds into the work we are doing to develop ways of being kinder to the environment including reducing energy waste from electricity, gas and fuel for transport.

"The service has pledged to reduce harmful carbon emissions by six per cent per year over the next decade."