A new community space commemorating the First World War has been officially opened in North Lanarkshire.
Housing provider Sanctuary Scotland was among a number of local groups which helped convert overgrown land into the Cumbernauld Community Memorial Peace Garden.
Rear Admiral Michael Gregory OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, cut the ceremonial ribbon and declared the garden open to the public. The official opening on Sunday 3 August brought an end to the first phase of a near year-long community effort, led by Cumbernauld Environmental Society, to create a befitting memorial to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Bobby Johnstone, Chair of Cumbernauld Environmental Society, presented Mr Gregory with a wreath, which he laid on behalf of the community of Cumbernauld at the entrance to the Peace Garden. The garden neighbours Greenfaulds Bowling Club in Ivanhoe Road and will be maintained by the local community.
Bobby said: “The Peace Garden would not have happened without the support of Sanctuary Cumbernauld and Ogilvie Construction. The help we have had from local groups and businesses is testament to the amazing spirit that has brought everyone together to respectfully mark 100 years since the start of the war, and the tremendous loss of life that followed.
“The project steering group has worked tirelessly over the past year or so to make this happen. The Peace Garden is a wonderful place for people to pay their respects to those killed in the conflict.”