Cumbernauld primaries adopt Broom Road planting areas

Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.

Published at 20:20 on 26 June 2015

Broom Road    Abronhill Regeneration Forum

Kids representing the area's schools hold the new signs at the park's entrance. Picture: Scott Campbell for Cumbernauld Media.

THREE Cumbernauld primary schools have formally taken charge of the care of three newly installed flower bedding areas in one of the town’s newest playareas. 

Abronhill’s three primary schools: St Lucy’s, Abronhill and Whitelees have each opted to care for the three butterfly-shaped planting areas that have been cut out of the grassy knoll to the east of the new Broom Road play-park. 

Opened in June 2013, the Broom Road play-park in Abronhill replaced old, burnt, damaged and vandalised equipment, with one of the area’s community groups taking charge of revitalising the area.

Abronhill Regeneration Forum, the group behind the Oak Road playarea and skateboard park, undertook the campaign to replace the aged Broom Road play-park in the name of community benefit. 

Gail MacDonald, a member of the Regeneration Forum, stepped up and volunteered to spearhead the project; organising the planning, designing and construction of the park – not to mention its official opening, which took place in late June two years’ ago.

The community-related part of the project was emphasised when Joe Downs, a then first year pupil at Abronhill High School, and former Whiteless Primary School pupil designed the park’s new logo, which was printed as a sign and risen above the park, to create a stunning entrance feature. 

The park’s official opening was followed a year later by the inaugural first whistle being blown to start the maiden football match on the park’s new pitch.

Again, pupils from a number of the community’s schools came out in their numbers to enjoy the opening ceremony, though most of the kids were desperate to get on the pitch for the very first time.

Opened on June 23rd last year, the park’s 3G football pitch was established after an award of £18,000 was presented to North Lanarkshire Council via the Scottish Government’s £10million ‘Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund’ programme, which aimed to fund sports and recreation projects and ensure a long-term legacy from the Commonwealth Games.

One year on from the opening of the 3G pitch and local activists, council officials, school children and residents were back at the park for yet another ceremony. This time, they were celebrating the adoption of the park’s new planting areas.

Paid for by the unused funds raised through the now defunct Save Abronhill High School campaign, the three newly constructed planting areas continue the theme of Abronhill: butterflies.

Any visitors to Abronhill will notice the two new art installations, one on Forest Road, and another on the Whitelees Roundabout. The sculptures depicts butterflies set amongst a field of wildflowers, with a sign proclaiming ‘Welcome to Abronhill’ to all who pass. 

The new planting areas in Broom Road play-park continue this theme, with all of the trio of planting spaces clearly marked out, in the shape of the colourful creatures, by cobbles. 

Pupils and staff from Abronhill, St Lucy’s and Whitelees primary schools are set to adopt the planting areas, with the schools expected to plant the first flowers later this summer. 

Representing the three schools as they were handed special commemorative signs that were placed next to each school’s respective planting area, was 11-year-old St Lucy's Primary School pupil, Liam Seenan; Sophie Lawrie, an 9-year-old student of St Lucy's Primary School; Abbi Coyle, aged 11-years-old, from Whitelees Primary School; and, 11-year-old Whitelees Primary School pupil, Mason Cross. 

View our gallery of pictures from the handover ceremony below. All of the images were taken by Scott Campbell and are the copyright of Cumbernauld Media.