Beautiful new beginning for run down old site

170412 Opening of burgh beautiful workshops at clarenden house, linlithgow.
170412 Opening of burgh beautiful workshops at clarenden house, linlithgow.
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A NEW base has been opened in the grounds of Clarendon House after eight months of converting a semi-derelict outbuilding for one of Linlithgow’s most successful voluntary groups.

Burgh Beautiful Linlithgow held a grand opening for their new workbase at Clarendon on Wednesday after transforming the old brick house in Clarendon’s grounds into a functional workbase where members can take part in a wide range of planting activities, such as creating the town’s hanging baskets and holly balls. The rest of the plot has been laid out with a polytunnel, a shed, planting areas and recycling units.

Work on the building, including making it water and wind proof was made possible after the group were given £16,250 in grants from the Voluntary Sector Development Fund and the Community Chest Fund last year. Modern and Victorian pathways have also been installed and restored.

On Wednesday, Provost Tom Kerr opened the site and planted a Buddleia tree, chosen because of its ability to attract butterflies. The next stage in the project is to extend the facilities’ usage for other groups in the town including schools, youth group and other voluntary groups, so it can be used for the benefit of the whole community.

Project coordinator Tony Oxbrow said: “This community usage was always our intention and was built into the original planning and funding application - it is now ready for activation.”

The work of Burgh Beautiful to improve the appearance of the town was recognised last year in the 2011 Beautiful Scotland awards with the Rosebowl Trophy for best overall entrant, among other awards.

The rest of the Clarendon site, including Clarendon House, formerly a learning disability centre, is the subject of an agreed council marketing brief.