MP cuts the ribbon as group backyard formally launches

A COMMUNITY backyard in South Lanarkshire has opened its doorways after nearly a 12 months of groundwork and growth.

Native MP Dr Lisa Cameron lower the ribbon to open the ‘Backyard of Hope’ at The Hope Hub’s occasion final month, which featured visitor appearances from a number of group members and native councillors.

The Hope Hub in Kirkmuirhill was capable of create the dear group backyard area after being awarded a £12,500 grant from Banks Renewables’ Kype Muir Wind Farm group fund – a community-led profit fund which brings constructive financial, social and environmental change to the native space. The mission additionally benefitted from funding from the Renewable Vitality Fund (REF) grant from South Lanarkshire Council and Hamilton-based Banks Renewables.

The backyard encompasses a polytunnel, raised beds, vegetable patches and is awaiting the supply of 10 fruit timber – shall be open for leisurely visits in addition to internet hosting gardening golf equipment and skilled workshops.

Willie Moyes, a volunteer with The Hope Hub, mentioned: “To have opened this unimaginable facility is a fruits of a whole lot of onerous work from volunteers and companions alike and it’s a proud second for us to have formally launched the backyard.

“The backyard actually is for anybody and everybody so to convey this facility to life is extraordinarily rewarding and we hope it is going to add an abundance of worth to the encompassing space.”

The Hope Hub was based in 2014 when the Hope Church (Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill) was established. In 2016 it acquired its present premises, the previous Blackwood Care Dwelling.  Its devoted volunteers have reworked the constructing and grounds right into a multi-use group hub facility which options the model new ‘Backyard of Hope’.

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Dr Lisa Cameron MP, who formally launched the backyard, mentioned: “I used to be delighted to formally open the Hope Hub Backyard which can supply wellbeing help to our local people alongside sustainability for the longer term. 

“I need to thank the Hope Church and Banks Renewables for his or her imaginative and prescient and onerous work on delivering this invaluable mission benefitting constituents.”

The ‘Backyard of Hope’ has massive ambitions, with plans to make use of the area to supply coaching and help to these combating habit in addition to supply espresso mornings and afternoon tea for the aged.

 Banks Renewables established the Kype Muir Group Fund in 2019 when the wind farm first began producing inexperienced electrical energy and since then, Banks has contributed over £130,000 yearly to the fund.  A community-led panel makes suggestions on purposes for grants to be awarded to help native teams and initiatives inside 10 kilometres of the wind farm.

Robin Winstanley, sustainability and exterior affairs supervisor at Banks Renewables mentioned: “For Banks Renewables, it was essential to help such a singular and worthy mission which can convey a lot to the local people.

“That is yet one more sensible instance of a beneficial initiative coming to life by the Kype Muir Group Fund and we’re over the moon to see the backyard formally open for folks within the space.”

The fund is a part of Banks Renewables’ Connect2Renewables initiative, during which the household agency commits to maximising the financial, social and infrastructure advantages of all its wind farms in South Lanarkshire.

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Kype Muir and Kype Muir extension are set to ship group advantages equating to greater than £700,000 made accessible to surrounding communities every year.

The 41 generators of Kype Muir and Kype Muir extension may have a mixed era capability of over 150MW of electrical energy every year. This is sufficient to meet the electrical energy wants of over 100,000 properties, or a metropolis bigger than Aberdeen[1]


[1] 1 Common polling on behalf of the UK Authorities has constantly proven that renewable power has robust public help. The survey for

BEIS revealed in March 2021 confirmed that 79 per cent of the British public help renewable power for offering electrical energy, gas and

warmth. 84 per cent of the general public help photo voltaic power and 70 per cent help onshore wind power developments., see:

https://property.publishing.service.gov.uk/authorities/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/985092/BEIS_PAT_W37_-

_Key_Findings.pdf