Cumbernauld Environmental Society is inviting interested locals to come and learn more about the Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden project, working to convert an overgrown area of land next to Greenfaulds Bowling Club into a community garden, commemorating the centenary of the First World War.
Ahead of the official opening ceremony, taking place on Sunday 3rd August, the project has taken over a vacant shop unit in Cumbernauld Town Centre, opposite the former First Stop Shop, which now features old pictures of Cumbernauld, and informaton about the First World War, with further details on the Peace Garden development and a facility to make donations to the project. The shop unit will be open to the public between 10:30am and 2:30pm from Monday to Saturday between now and Friday 2nd August.
Bobby Johnstone, Chair of Cumbernauld Environmental Society, said “Our new shop will serve as a fantastic information hub about our project. We don’t want to glorify war in any way, but rather pay our respects to those who were killed in the conflict. There is overwhelming support for this community project and I thank the various people in the project steering group who have worked tirelessly over the past year or so to pull everything together.
“We’ve also had a lot of support from various companies and business people, who have helped us either financially or by donating materials or labour in kind. The generosity of the Cumbernauld Town Centre management, and that of the Antonine Shopping Centre who are allowing us to hold a public donation there on Saturday 26th July, is a testament to the amazing spirit that is bringing everyone together to respectfully mark 100 years since the start of the war, and the tremendous loss of life that followed.”