The president of Cambuslang in Bloom won a top gong for her work beautifying the city.
Linda Wallace received a Community Provost Award from South Lanarkshire Council.
She was nominated by Councilor John Bradley for her work in clearing the main street of Cambuslang.
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Speaking to Lanarkshire Live about how she got involved with the group, Linda said: ‘The whole scheme came out around five years ago when the Scottish Government announced the Regeneration Fund for the downtown.
“The fund was intended to enable local authorities to stimulate and support local economic investments that encouraged communities. We decided to apply for it.
“There are several problems with the city center – there is a lack of investment, uneven sidewalks and trash cans lying around. The lack of appeal affected shops and locals.
“We wanted to do something to encourage people to be proud of Cambuslang, so in partnership with the Cambuslang Community Board we set up Cambuslang in Bloom in 2015. We got £25,000 for the information structure, factories composting and barriers.
“I got involved because of my previous experience and helped with the writing of the application. My role expanded from there and I became the president.
“While we were in the planning stage, we started recruiting volunteers of all ages with very limited experience with plants.
“We do a big factory every year the first weekend in June, some of the elective members come and it’s a fun thing to do and we have a great turnout.
“We also have people from retirement homes around and they help us take care of the plants.”
Very early on, the project hit a wall due to the difficulty of raising funds.
Large plants were expensive and fundraising was hard work, but Linda found a solution and for the past two years has been growing the plants from plug plants and seeds in her greenhouse, which has saved 90% of costs.
Linda and the volunteers start with the plants in June and maintain them until October.
And Linda, who studied biological sciences at university and grew plants as part of her thesis, added: “The award came out of nowhere, it was one of the advisers, John Bradley, who m ‘named.”
Councilor Bradley added: ‘Linda has been the co-ordinator of CIB since its founding and manages a team of 20 volunteers, from planting in the spring to the dry weeks, Linda is on the high street with volunteers making sure the plants are well stick to.
“The result is a brilliant exhibition every year that is highly appreciated by local residents and traders. She totally deserves this award. »
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