Five-figure grant approved for Cumbernauld Peace Garden

Written by Scott Campbell. Scott Campbell
Published at 15:30 on 2 May 2014.
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Plans for the Peace Garden. Picture: Cumbernauld Environmental Society.

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WORK to construct a memorial garden to commemorate the fallen from the First World War has been given a massive boost, after the project was handed a five-figure grant from North Lanarkshire Council.

A steering group is leading the project to construct ‘Cumbernauld Peace Memorial Garden’, a Garden which will commemorate the fallen and injured from the First World War, as the centenary of WW1 approaches.

The Peace Garden is set to be opened on August 3rd, although heavy work has been undertaken at the Garden’s site, which is adjacent to the car park at Greenfaulds Bowling Club, with cadets from the Royal Air Force and Army lending a hand to clean and prepare the site, alongside members of the Scouts.

Cumbernauld Environmental Society say that the completed project is likely to come in with a total value of approximately £70,000, although much of the project is being funded on the generosity and assistance of local businesses, community groups and residents, in an effort to construct a lasting memorial to WW1 in the town.

The project has since been given a massive funding boost, thanks to the North Area Local Area Partnership, who approved a £15,000 grant for the project, at their latest meeting, on Thursday 10th April 2014. The grant will come from the authority’s Local Development Programme, and will allow for the construction of pavements around the Garden – the contract for which has since been put out the tender. 

Announcing the funding, the Environmental Society’s vice-chair, Adam Smith said the steering group were “delighted” that the Local Area Partnership backed the group’s request for funding, which will allow the paving in the Garden to be constructed. 

Situated in the former Greenfaulds Orchard, due to an existing car park and south-facing environment, the Cumbernauld Memorial Peace Garden is set to open on Sunday 3rd August, this year, as commemorations of those killed in World War One take place across Europe, with works scheduled to be finished approximately one week before the Garden’s official opening. 

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