Describe your project
The aim of the project is to provide a community park and gardens for the benefit of local residents and visitors. The project will deliver a multi-use space that is inclusive to all ages and abilities. It will consist of flower beds, woodland, wildflower meadows, a growing area, raised beds, an orchard, a children’s wildlife garden and pond, a stage, seating and lawned areas.
How will your project benefit your local community?
The site of the park and gardens is of significant historical value. It is situated on land at the entrance to the village which in the past has provided villagers with access to sport and leisure activities. It was originally the site of the village curling pond dating back to 1933 later to become Lochgoilhead rifle club. The land has been fallow for over 20 years. The park and gardens are in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It will provide access to the natural environment and the river walk which was completed in October 2018. The Park and Gardens has been designed to provide a multi-generational space. The site is reasonably flat with good paths creating a space accessible to all. The Community Action Plan 2018 - 2023 highlighted a need for informal meeting places and access to the natural world. The park and gardens project delivers on these objectives.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Just six months ago the land was a boggy overgrown field. Ground work has been carried out to improve drainage and soil quality. Paths, a stage and raised beds have been constructed. A heritage orchard, wildflower meadows, 300 sapling from the Woodlands Trust and formal borders have been planted. The work has been carried out by a dedicated group of volunteers and members of the community. The Park is well used by villagers and visitors. The support is overwhelming.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
Local residents and visitors; 400 plus.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
The money will be used to complete the children’s wildlife garden. Funding is needed for shrubs, paths, seating, bug hotels, toad houses, bird feeders, squirrel feeders and interactive activities where children can enjoy being outdoors and learn about wildlife and their environment.
When and why was your project founded?
The project was founded in October 2018. The land has been gifted to Lochgoil Community Trust by the trustees of the Rifle club with the intention that it is used as a community space.