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With funding help from North Lanarkshire Council, we purchased a state of the art semi-automatic defibrillator. ScotRail kindly agreed to site this within the station car park and paid for the placement fees and also the ongoing electricity charges. This is a great advantage to a rural community.

Keeping the village pretty!

Utilising environmental funds from North Lanarkshire Council, the group purchased 3 village gateway signs. One is in place as you enter the village from Rosehall Road and the other from Newmill-Canthill Road. We hope they give a friendly and warming feel to the village.

The group sited 9 barrels and planters around the village and these are regularly cared for by members and volunteers.

There was a notable shortage of bins in the village, therefore, the group purchased 2 large bins which have been responsibly and widely used, in particular by dog walkers. Litter picking equipment was also purchased and distributed to local volunteers.

ScotRail Adopt-a-Station

The group care for 4 barrels, 4 wall planters and several large plant boxes within the 2 platforms of Hartwood Train Station. Each year we receive a budget to purchase plants to boost the display and make the station more attractive and welcoming. A local artist, Jack Gibney, has 2 pieces of his art work on display within the station. The pieces depict iconic buildings situated within the derelict former Hartwood Hospital grounds and are visible from the station.

What is next?

The ongoing saga of the swing park looks like it may be coming to an end! The upgrade has been long awaited after we endured years of delays due to legal warnings over land ownership. The Contract went out to tender early 2023 and we anticipate work beginning soon (Summer 2023). Material costs have significantly increased since the initial funding was given and we have been fortunate to secure a further £20,000 to be able to deliver a swing park the village can be proud of. The football field that the swing park sits within is next in our sights.

The Forestry Commission have taken ownership of Hartwood Home Farm since the previous lease ended. We are in consultation with managers to discuss possible community ventures. It is a vast area of land with lots of potential!