Last updated: 5.31pm, Tuesday 7th November 2023 by

Community group creates stunning 'sensory garden' along with tribute to much-respected Castlemilk campaigner.

The Netherholm community has come together to create a stunning “sensory garden” in Castlemilk.
And it comes with a touching tribute to one of our own and former Thenue Chair, the late George Alexander in the form of a bench created in his memory.
The sensory garden has been unveiled at the Netherholm Hall where unused ground has been transformed into a colourful blooming paradise.
Sensory gardens are designed to stimulate and engage the five basic senses of sight, smell, sound, touch and taste. It is the work of the Netherholm Gardening Group.

Fittingly, the memorial bench remembers George who - along with others – worked tirelessly to bring a community hall to Netherholm culminating in its opening exactly five years ago.

George devoted much of his time to working with the “Netherholm Area Association” which is affiliated to Thenue Housing.

George’s wife Linda and family members were present at the official launch of the garden. The gardening project has enabled local residents to learn about plants, flowers and vegetables and connect with nature.

It was an instant success and the fruits of their labours can now be enjoyed by local residents who can sit on the memorial bench and enjoy the garden’s peacefulness and beauty. The garden promotes biodiversity and is alive with bees, butterflies and ladybirds.

Community gardener Jane Burdass who led the gardeners said: “The group threw themselves into the work to create this community garden with great enthusiasm and are rightly proud of what has been achieved for the community. It is there for everyone to enjoy as a haven of peace and tranquillity filled with floral beauty and the benefits that connecting with nature brings.”

The George Alexander Memorial Bench was created by local residents and Thenue Members Frank and Joan Soutar who, in a nod to George’s firefighting career, used fire engine red for the colour and highly-varnished wood synonymous with traditional fire engines of yesteryear.

Frank said: “George’s contribution over many years to this community is incalculable. He was a tireless worker for the good of other people and we feel privileged to have created this bench in his memory.”

George’s wife Linda added: “We are thrilled with the bench as a tribute to George. Locating it in this new garden at the Netherholm Hall is highly appropriate and I look forward – along with others – to sitting there and remembering the good times we had with George.”

Pictured: The garden in all its glory showing the bench &
The gardening group who worked tirelessly to create the sensory garden