Garden project a step nearer

WERA's Elizabeth Lawless and Ronnie Neely at the site of the proposed garden with Councillor Harry Curran.
WERA's Elizabeth Lawless and Ronnie Neely at the site of the proposed garden with Councillor Harry Curran.

Woodlands Estate Residents’ Association (WERA) has been given a boost in its quest to develop an eco-friendly community garden in Mossend after being awarded nearly £30,000 from the Environmental Key Fund (EKF).

WERA has received funding of £29,750 from the EKF, allowing the group to progress its plans to turn an unused site on Forest Drive into a garden which can be enjoyed by the local community.

The site of the proposed garden has previously been used by flytippers, but since its formation last year WERA has been involved in the process of tidying up the site.

The garden will feature a number of distinct areas, including a wildlife section, children’s section and an area for walking with the aim of encouraging local residents to spend time outside as part of a healthy lifestyle.

The EKF provided funding through its Main Grants programme which aims to enable community groups throughout North Lanarkshire to have a positive and sustainable impact on their local surroundings.

EKF chairman and Bellshill councillor, Harry Curran, said: “The garden that WERA has planned is fantastic and will provide a positive focal point in the area to bring the entire community together.

“From cleaning up the rubbish at the site to considering what trees and plants will provide the best habitat for local wildlife, the residents involved have put a tremendous effort into ensuring the garden is for everyone.

“The EKF offers groups the opportunity to realise their ambitions and we hope that more groups from across North Lanarkshire follow WERA’s example and apply for funding.”

Any not-for-profit organisation based in North Lanarkshire is eligible for EKF funding and in the past two years has helped a wide range of notable projects including Craigneuk War Memorial and Motherwell South Parish Church.

WERA chairwoman Elizabeth Lawless said: “Throughout the planning process it has been a priority to ensure that our garden will be environmentally friendly, sustainable and enjoyede by the whole community.

“This funding from the EKF will allow us to achieve our goals and it is even more pleasing that it comes from an organisation which also treats preserving the environment as a top priority.

“I would encourage other groups in North Lanarkshire who have hopes and ambitions similar to ours to apply to the EKF.”

The Main Grants programme can assist worthy causes with grants of up to £30,000 and further funding of up to £2,000 is also now available from the Small Grants programme. Applications for the next round of grants must be made by December 2 and more information can be found at