Scottish Water Cultivates Community Garden in East Ayrshire

22 May 2018

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Primrose Bank community garden in East Ayrshire has been transformed for local residents.

A community garden in East Ayrshire has been given a new lease of life thanks to Scottish Water working with local residents. 

Primrose Bank in Waterside has been transformed from an area which wasn’t fit for purpose into a child-friendly, green space that can now be enjoyed by the community.  

The garden renovation was carried out during Scottish Water’s £120m project to improve security of supply for customers across much of Ayrshire and in part of East Renfrewshire. 

New pipework being laid nearby during project construction work led to some unavoidable disruption for the community of Waterside, and so this legacy element of the project has been a great way for the utility to thank the residents for their patience and understanding.   

Speaking at a recent garden party to mark the opening of the new-look community garden, Jane McKenzie, communications manager at Scottish Water, said: “The garden started off as a piece of land that the community couldn’t really use as it was on quite a steep slope. Scottish Water, and our project contractors Caledonian Water Alliance (CWA), donated the top soil, levelled off the ground, and provided benches and a BBQ area. 

“It’s been a joint venture in every sense of the word with staff from Scottish Water and CWA working together with the community, for the community. It’s been absolutely amazing!” 

Primrose Bank was left to the community many years ago and Waterside Community Association took over trust of the land last year. 

Commenting on the legacy work, Miriam Downes, Waterside Community Association Secretary, said: “This area used to be unsafe and it wasn’t accessible for everyone. One of our committee members suggested that Scottish Water would perhaps give us soil to flatten it out and it really just snowballed from there. 

“CWA got involved and did the work, we managed to secure a grant from East Ayrshire Council and ask residents to sponsor a metre of turf to get the grass done, and now we’re here at the opening. It’s absolutely superb!” 

Plaques were unveiled at the opening event and will serve as a permanent reminder of the work Scottish Water and CWA have done for the community of Waterside.