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From orphan land to Stenhousemuir meeting place

Larbert High pupil Jack Thomson with Christine Bell of LASER, Andrew Ross of Bonnyview Nursery and members of Vale of Carron rotary club

Larbert High pupil Jack Thomson with Christine Bell of LASER, Andrew Ross of Bonnyview Nursery and members of Vale of Carron rotary club

 

A neglected town centre patch of land has been successfully transformed into an attractive meeting point thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

Now the efforts of the Larbert and Stenhousemuir Environmental Response group (LASER) have been recognised with a nomination for a 
prestigious Carnegie design award.

It’s recognition for taking responsibility for an orphaned piece of land beside The Plough Hotel in Stenhousemuir Main Street and giving it a new lease of life.

A community information board and local footpath network was erected and flowers planted to make it a place for residents to stop and chat instead of ignoring on their way past.

Working with pupils from nearby Larbert High, with funding secured from the Central Scotland Green Network, the project was completed in April. But further planting is already planned.

Pupils will also create mosaics which will be added to give the area an artistic flourish.

LASER member Christine Bell explained the community had been involved in the work every step of the way.

“The design of the site was by the pupils.

“A consultation was held in the Plough Hotel and all members of the community were invited to attend and provide feedback on the plans.

“We then attended a January Community Council meeting to present our plans and to take feedback.

“Both events were successful and slight amendments were made to the plans to reflect the feedback. There was unanimous positive response at both events.

“The design was then shown to local merchants and donations were pledged, with Marshalls donating stone for the plinths, Buildbase discounting eight tonnes of aggregate and Bonnyview Nursery also helping.”

 

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