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Gardens lies at the lower end of the town, as you look towards
Crosshill. It is situated in Ladywell Road and for many years was a
neglected area with nobody accepting responsibility for maintenance.
Some five years ago May-Tag Ltd, managed to get some funding to do basic
work and maintenance in response to a plea from local residents that the
area was unsightly and could be the source of an accident to local
children as it is a very steep-sided. However in 1999, funding was
obtained to create a more extensive environmental feature of which the
town can be proud.
came from several sources, from the Scottish Executive Rural Challenge
fund, from South Ayrshire Council which supplied materials and from
Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire, which supplied funding for landscape
design and tools and equipment. May-Tag Ltd supplied the student labour
and the training and supervisory staff.
originally housed weaver's cottages, some features of which can still be
seen in the original walls. These walls were, therefore, maintained and
repaired where needed. The pictures show some of the variety of work
undertaken. Paths were relaid and re-aligned and a rockery was
constructed, using boulders from the site. Bushes and trees were planted
to enhance the rockery. Existing steps were repaired and new paths and
steps, fitting in with the environment were constructed. Gates and
fencing were repaired and in some cases totally renewed.
One of the
major tasks was to make safe the main entrance where there was no gate
and a steep drop of some five or six feet to the next level. A gate and
matching solid fencing were fitted to ensure that children could use the
entrance safely. The entrance veers to the left where there is a rustic
crazy paving pathway and steps leading to a walkway right round the
Gardens. To the right a whole new set of steps and protective railing
were constructed, to allow a choice of pathway at a higher level,
leading to the main pathway. Rustic seats were crafted from wood by
students and fitted and waste bins were provided. A smaller gate has
been fitted to the southern entrance.
bushes and plants, all of low maintenance, will make the Garden an
attractive and colourful place for local residents to walk or sit in the
summer evenings. A timber gate has been constructed and will be fitted
at the northern entrance to the Garden.
has been very challenging, and has provided extensive and interesting
work for students who have picked up a variety of soft and hard
landscaping skills as well as teamwork and communication skills. For
staff, the Garden provided other challenges - health and safety had to
be a priority in a steeply sloping area and supervision in such a wide
area could at times be demanding. However, it is hoped that when the
last plant is in place, which should be in a few weeks time, that staff
and students can have some kind of celebration.