Published 17 January 2017
A project to restore a West Dunbartonshire park to its former glory has been recognised with two awards from a leading environmental charity.
The Dalmuir Park Restoration Project has been presented with the honours by Keep Scotland Beautiful to mark the successful renovation and transformation of the park.
The restoration began four years ago in a major project jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and West Dunbartonshire Council. The result was an enhanced and revitalised Dalmuir Park that maintains the character and heritage elements of the area, which has been used as a popular recreation resource and venue for events since its opening in 1906.
The initiative has now been given an It’s Your Neighbourhood Recognition Award Certificate by Keep Scotland Beautiful in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society. It was a double celebration for the project as it was also issued with a Certificate of Distinction in recognition of its ongoing success leading up to, during and since the restoration works.
The project included the creation of a ‘growing space’ which allows local groups - including schools, early education centres and classes from West College Scotland - to visit the garden and plant and grow fruit, vegetables and flowers and learn more about gardening. Gala days, walks and art workshops are also held at the park, while visitors can learn about the area’s history and the park’s heritage features such as the Edwardian fencing, the fountain and floral boat, bandstand area and the clock sculpture.
Councillor Patrick McGlinchey, Convener of Infrastructure and Regeneration, said: “The Dalmuir Park Restoration Project has been a remarkable success from the very start, as anyone who has visited it in recent years will be able to testify. Everyone who has worked with the project, volunteered in any way or even simply enjoyed the park since the restoration can be very proud that Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Royal Horticultural Society have highlighted this success.”
Councillor David McBride, Vice-Convener of Infrastructure and Regeneration , added: “This recognition from Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Royal Horticultural Society is well-deserved and Dalmuir Park is a place that offers so much to local people, whether simply as visitors or for educational purposes. And I hope that the park continues to be an asset to Dalmuir for many years to come.”
Sandra Anton, Community Engagement Ranger at Dalmuir Park, said: “We are thrilled to be given these awards in recognition of all the hard work that has gone into this project. Many people have enjoyed the park since the restoration work was completed and we always love to see more and more visitors coming along to see what Dalmuir Park has to offer.”