Locals behind plans to turn an unused green space into a community park have raised an incredible £75,000 which will soon see work begin.
The Old Gala Day field in Gorebridge has been closed for 10 years but will soon become a community park, thanks to local group Gorebridge Community Cares.
Ellen Scott of Gorebridge Cares told the Advertiser: “We are doing well. We have got £56,000 from the council for the geo gridding of the site. Basically making the ground safe as the old mines are underneath. Councillor Cath Johnstone has also given us £13,000. She’s been a big help.
“It’s really exciting, because it’s a really big area, which will benefit the community.
“There is going to be a community orchard, wild flowers, with a pathway through it for kids going to school. It’s right in the middle of Gorebridge, so it’s a perfect site.
“We were hoping April would be the start date for digging it up. But if they start this year at some point then hopefully it would be done by next summer.”
The project has also raised £1,000 locally, received £5,000 from the council’s parks department and is waiting to hear about a potential £16,000 grant from Central Scottish Green Network.
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