Falkirk community garden fund blooms

The team at the Falkirk Wheel
The team at the Falkirk Wheel
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Banking and football came together this month to raise money to help fund an exciting new community garden.

Twelve staff from HSBC and the Falkirk Football Community Foundation raised over £2500 by abseiling down the Falkirk Wheel earlier this month.

The cash means that the charity is getting closer to its aim of turning a piece of derelict land near the stadium into a welcoming space that local people and children can work in and enjoy.

David Craig, chief executive of the Falkirk Football Community Foundation, said: “This is fantastic news and these funds will kick-start our plans to create an accessible garden for the benefit of the community.

“Falkirk Football Comm­unity Foundation is delighted to work in partnership as our ethos matches that of HSBC – we both want to invest in communities and develop sustainable initiatives.”

Plans for the garden include involving vulnerable children, youth groups and people in long-term unemployment in transforming the land into a pleasant area with raised flower beds, a motability garden, picnic tables, DIY sheds and fruit and vegetable gardens.

Since selecting the Falkirk Football Community Foundation as its community charity, staff at HSBC have been working with the foundation to come up with fundraising ideas and develop the plans for the garden.

The Falkirk Wheel abseil is one of a series of charity fundraisers being undertaken by the bank over the coming months as work continues to progress the project.

Fiona Dawson, manager at HSBC’s Falkirk High Street branch said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Falkirk Football Community Foundation in developing what will be a superb multi-purpose garden facility for the people of Falkirk.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of local people who contributed to our fundraising efforts and the staff enjoyed the challenge of the abseil.

“This is one in a series of events that will help bring the garden closer to fruition,” she added.