Green group looks to create community garden on disused bowling greens

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A civil and environmental engineering firm is helping a green community group to turn three disused bowling greens into a garden for local people to enjoy.

Dougall Baillie Associates (DBA) is providing technical help and guidance to a group called Grow 73, which is planning the project at Overtoun Park in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire.

The company has been instructed to help create the shared facilities – close to Rutherglen Lawn Tennis Club, which it is also advising on renovation plans – for Grow 73 by providing access design plans and structural designs for a shelter.

Proposals include a community area with a biodiversity zone, a woodland zone with a play area for children, a growing zone and a social zone, which would include a picnic area.

Fergus Adams, MD of DBA, said, “This local group wants the garden to be a lovely addition to Rutherglen’s amenities and it hopes to create a beautiful space for the whole community. It has been trying for some years now to secure land for community growing and it was very welcome news when the use of the three dormant bowling greens was approved by the local authority earlier on in the year.”