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Hamilton garden opening and 20th anniversary celebrations

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Last updated: 2.21pm, by Leanne McGuire

Less than one year on from receiving £5000 from the Santander Foundation to fund an organic garden and outdoor area, our Hamilton project celebrated the unveiling of their garden in conjunction with their 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Guests at the event included Margaret Ferrier MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West; Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse; and ex-Rangers players, John Brown and Ally Dawson.
We were also joined by the adorable pupils of St Elizabeth's Primary (pictures with our mascot, Buddy) and their teacher, Miss Emmett who is a great champion of the project and the work they do.

Fiona Stringfellow, Chief Executive at Blue Triangle said: “……we were thrilled to receive the award and greatly appreciated the support from Santander. The garden is now a beautiful area and has really made a difference to the external environment, improved community cohesion, fostered goodwill and there has been great excitement with the growth and harvesting of crops, as well as the tasting!
In addition, this event celebrated 20 years of service provision to homeless and vulnerable people in South Lanarkshire. In that time, we have supported 600 people since the project first opened its doors in 1996! It was a great day and I really enjoyed getting out and about to see what the project has been up to. 20 years is a fantastic milestone and well worth celebrating!”

Hayley Cameron, Project Manager, praised her team and the young people for their incredible efforts and said…… “Our service users have thrown themselves in to the garden and some have become really skilled. Along with staff, they have planned the garden well, with the border flowers all set to come back year after year providing a well-established source of colour and attraction for local wildlife. The area also provides a lovely space for reflection and tranquility and neighbours have been commenting on what an asset and pleasure the garden has become in the local community. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the day and helped to make it such a happy event. I am so proud of the work we do and what we have achieved”.

One of the Hamilton young people, Gemma Falconer, said …… “I love living here - it is like a proper home. Our garden party was great and I managed to recite a poem in front of all of the guests, before we released live butterflies. Sixty butterflies were released, with each one representing ten people who have lived in the project since it opened. We are looking forward to completing out time capsule soon, which will be sealed for the next fifty years!”

More photos can be seen on our Facebook page -
https://www.facebook.com/bluetriangleHA/photos

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