• by the LIU team

Crofthead Park – the jewel in Uddingston’s crown

If you look for public spaces and parks in Uddingston on your favourite search engine, you’ll almost certainly be directed to Viewpark Gardens. And with good reason. This horticultural centre is packed with unusual flora and fauna, hidden gardens and historic greenhouses. It hosts a summer flower festival, contains community-run allotments, and has rightly become a favoured location for wedding photography.

Yet Viewpark Gardens isn’t the only picturesque park in Uddingston. Situated in the heart of the Village, Crofthead Park could be described as the jewel in the crown of our increasingly sought-after town. By coincidence, it’s located adjacent to Uddingston’s most famous employer – the iconic Tunnocks factory. Aromas of baking biscuits occasionally drift across a park which was completely remodelled and refurbished in 2016 to become one of the best in Lanarkshire.

The refurbishment of Crofthead Park in Uddingston was powered by a National Lottery award of £185,000 to Uddingston Pride – the voluntary community behind many of our town’s aesthetic and community improvements. Tracing its origins back to the late 1990s, this is the organisation responsible for the town’s stunning summer floral displays, which have underpinned many of Uddingston’s awards from Beautiful Scotland and Britain in Bloom over the last fifteen years. Uddingston Pride also orchestrates community events such as the Christmas Fayre, which takes place on Bellshill Road at the start of December each year.

Crofthead Park’s refurbishment was bolstered with fundraising and support from South Lanarkshire Council, generating a total fund of £250,000. This enabled the park to be comprehensively upgraded with decorative bench seating, a wrought gateway and winding paths. All-weather outdoor gym equipment was installed beside a basketball court, which has understandably proved popular with younger residents of Uddingston. They are also able to access Crofthead Park’s superb play park including a zip wire, roundabouts, swings and climbing frames. Some of this equipment is suitable for children with disabilities, following fundraising campaigns by local parents.

Crucially, the refurbishment of Crofhead Park gave Uddingston a heart. It’s become a key meeting place for local families and the location of family fun days, while the nursery situated along Old Mill Road regularly brings its young charges out for nature hunts and sports. Residents of the red sandstone tenements overlooking the park can relax under a tree with a good book, and the herb troughs are free for residents to help themselves to cuttings. Crofthead Park also gives dog walkers an alternative destination to the wooded NCR74 cycle route or the riverside Clydeneuk Play Zone.

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