A new video has been produced showing the results of the ‘Greening Cambuslang – Changing Neighbourhoods for the Better’ project run by Cambuslang Community Council during 2017.

The aim of the Greening Cambuslang programme has been to inspire the community to improve the local environment of Cambuslang. A technique called ‘Participatory Budgeting’ (where the public choose the projects) was used to fund ideas for neighbourhood environmental improvements (such as street planting, community gardens, public art etc) from local community, resident or tenant groups, individual tenants/residents, schools or clubs.

The programme was funded through a successful bid by Cambuslang Community Council to the Scottish Government’s Community Choices Fund and involved a partnership with the Healthy n Happy Community Development Trust (HnH) who provided resource support and advice.

Under Greening Cambuslang, local groups were invited to bid for funding to make their environment look better. Some of the funding was made available for projects anywhere in the Cambuslang Community Council area, but most of the funding was reserved for projects in the neighbourhoods of the Caledonian Circuit, Central Cambuslang, Eastfield, Silverbank and Whitlawburn. After an application process that involved applicants seeking support from the public (through Facebook and street questionnaires – involving over 3,100 votes), over £38,000 was awarded to the following projects.

General programme

  • Cambuslang in Bloom
  • Cambuslang Out of School Care
  • Cambuslang Remembrance Garden Project
  • Friends of Cambuslang Park
  • Friends of Holmhills Wood Community Park
  • Kirkhill Lawn Tennis Club
  • Nurture Education & Cultural Society
  • St Bride’s Nursery
  • Universal Connections
  • Westburn Parents Association

Neighbourhood programme

  • Arran Tower Residents Group
  • Cambuslang Remembrance Garden Project
  • Central Cambuslang Tenants & Residents Association
  • Circuit Youth Project
  • Eastfield Community Centre
  • James Aiton Primary School Parents Association
  • Keirs Walk Residents
  • Little Rascals Out of School Care
  • Universal Connections
  • Upstairs Kids Klub
  • Wainz World Out of School Care
  • Westburn Nursery Parent Committee
  • Westburn Residents Group
  • Whitlawburn Seniors

Most of the projects were for small gardens, planting, flower boxes and hanging baskets, as well as other improvements to the environment and garden furniture but there were also awards for street art (Universal Connections), a mud kitchen (St Bride’s Nursery), mobile floodlights for a sports pitch (Circuit Youth Project) and bike racks (Friends of Cambuslang Park).

Many thanks to all of the groups who applied for funding for their commitment and hard work to design the projects and make them happen. Thank you also to HnH for their support throughout the programme and for making a superb video!