Several people over the years have asked me about this, so hopefully this answers the question, “When were the trees planted at Larkfield Bing?”
On Friday 10th March 1978, two councillors put their backs into it along with more than a little help from dozens of local schoolchildren, to make Blantyre a more beautiful place.
This was the scene that day when local Councillor Mr George McInally (left) and Hamilton District Provost Charles Brownlie helped plant the first of many trees all around the border of the former Dixon’s Bing at Larkfield.
The pupils of High Blantyre Primary and St Blanes Primary rolled up their sleeves to finish the job, moving from one tree to another in holes, previously dug by the council.
This was all part of the Council plan to restore the area back to beauty and provide a lasting green plan for the future. The venture was widely publicised and gained support from all the community, but did not get off to a good start. Like many things in Blantyre in 1978, the trees were immediately vandalised, almost all of them uprooted. I’ll save that story of the aftermath and subsequent replanting for another day.
These trees are still there and their trunks today exceed a metre in circumference. This one pictured (on Broompark Road, next to Collins Bakery with High Blantyre Primary School car park in the background) is now very sizeable!
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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