Lanarkshire scouts plant roots of success after gardening event


A group of Lanarkshire scouts recently went green after hosting a plant sale.

The 113th Scouts from the Burnside area of ​​Rutherglen were hosting their first community event in three years, since the covid-19 pandemic hit, and they were excited to do it again.

Young people had tables overflowing with high-quality bedding plants and grasses and the people of Burnside were in droves eager to bring some color back to their gardens and backyards.

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The scouts quickly sold their plants, leaving everyone to enjoy homemade baking and coffee inside the hall.

The whole group, which meets weekly at Crawfurd Hall on Burnside Avenue, had gathered to cook, set up, sell, hold a raffle and publicize the event, along with the newly trained squirrels, aged four and five, delivering some tracts to nearby houses

Group leader Graeme Hamilton said Lanarkshire Live “It was our first community event in three years, and it was amazing to see more people than ever joining us, buying plants and relaxing over a cup of tea.

“We’ve been at the heart of this community for 113 years and it’s great to maintain old relationships and create new ones. Everyone loves selling plants and we are already planning our May 2023 event.”

Sale of plants
Selling plants was popular with locals

Graeme added that the Squirrel Section, which formed earlier this year, has gone from strength to strength, with the first ever class of Scout Squirrels in the Rutherglen area all officially invested in the 113th Scout Group of Glasgow (Burnside).

The group’s expansion came as new statistics showed a growth in the popularity of Boy Scouts across the country, which Graeme said was reflected locally.

He explained: “We now have young people traveling from East Glasgow and the Athletes’ Village to join our thriving and growing Scouting group.

“We have had to open a second beaver colony for ages six to eight to keep up with demand and we are desperate for adult volunteers to run our Scout Explorer section for ages 14-18 and help them get their best scouting prizes and their Duke of Edinburgh prize.

The 113 has also welcomed four new adult volunteers in recent months, all of whom have already completed much of their training online.

Shirley Lyon, mother of a new squirrel and a beaver, tell us “My two boys love activities and meeting new friends.

“I was a little unsure at first, but Scouting is so friendly and volunteering here allows me to have fun and develop my leadership skills too.”

Anyone seeking more information about Boy Scouts should contact Graeme at for more details.

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