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The latest news from CCI.

An Amazing Start to Spring!


Wow what a month already! – Winners for the third time of Lanarkshire Business Excellence Award for Enterprising Third Sector! Well done to staff, participants, mentors and board members – you all make CCI the success that it is.
We are  also delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing funding from Levenseat Trust and CSGNT for the creation of the Outdoor Learning Area. This, together with funds already secured from Wolfson Foundation will ensure that we have an amazing facility later in the year.

Some of the highlights of this month so far include:-
  •  An archaeological survey at New Lanark with pupils from Hamilton Grammar,
  • Two chainsaw courses,
  • Several ladies craft sessions,
  • Conservation work for the RSPB at Baron’s Haugh nature reserve,
  • A sensory garden and Wallace garden blitz and lots of lots of bulb planting!
Shirley, Nick and Fiona have been beavering away or should I say weavering away building more willow tunnels and fabulous structures in Edinburgh. Nick is now weaving in his sleep!


The polytunnel at Langloch is now beginning to take shape thanks to our volunteers and the help of pupils from Hamilton Grammar and Lesmahagow High School.

At the Forth Eco project we have planted a willow bank and a native wildlife hedge around the perimeter. Stewart has trained some of the Forth volunteers in planter building, their winter veggies are doing really well and the spring bulbs are starting to peek through.

In the second half of March we will continue to work at the Forth Eco Project, Castlebank Park, Dalziel Estate (nature reserve), an early learning centre in Wishaw and down at the Falls of Clyde.

Next job club drop in sessions will on Tuesday 29th March: 1-3pm in the training room in the barn. All are welcome to have a chat about volunteering, college, CV’s and finding employment.
 
Upcoming Training Courses.
 
Tuesday 12thth April: 1 Day woodchip course 
Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April: 2 day chainsaw course *currently fully booked*
 

Jobs Done!

This month has been a record breaker for CCI Scotland with more work completed than we have ever managed before!

Having completed the Cardonald project the team moved straight onto major playground projects at James Gillespie Primary School and Bathgate Academy Schools were we were delivering contracts on behalf of Grounds for Learning.  These where both very demanding projects with a wide range of different elements that required considerable skill and a lot of coordination.

Despite real challenges around parking and getting delivery of more than 150 tonnes of material, progress towards completing James Gillespie has been excellent with many of the elements completed, this project is due to finish before the end of March.

Bathgate has been completed and the feedback from West Lothian council exceptional:-
 ’What a great job, well done to Dougie and the guys! I spoke to Craig, our PPP person … Very impressed was the phrase used! Also the quality of the site management and working practices has been praised, well worth the effort and stress’  -   Karen, PE Lead Officer, West Lothian Council
 
As if this weren’t enough we also completed phase 2 of the Southside Housing Association project planting 50 standard trees alongside their trainees, completed the works at Noble Primary and finally brought the Wiston Project to a conclusion.

Amanda has opened discussions with a number of major contractors and we are hopeful that our order book can now keep pace with our operational standards.
 
 

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