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A paper about the history of the Italian Garden has been submitted to Beautiful Scotland for their Year of Stores competition

The Year of Stories Award is a one-off award for 2022, to celebrate the Year of Stories theme. Awarded to the entrant that has developed a creative and innovative project that tells a story relevant to their community.


You can see a summary of our entry here. Our detailed paper is attached here

Year of Stories - Beautiful Scotland

The Italian Garden

The Gardening Group works with residents who live in Allander Road housing complex which was built by Milngavie Council (now incorporated into East Dunbartonshire Council) in the 1970s on the site of the demolished Ellangowan Paper Mill.  The Group meet and work in the Italian Garden which was the centrepiece of the estate when it was built. However, after years of neglect, it was in a pretty bad state and it was agreed to try to bring the garden back to its former glory. This is a story of what was, and what is now, illustrated through early Mill photos and before and after pictures of the Italian Garden.

How to Vote

The final 7 entries can be viewed here.

To vote for your Top 3 stories email

by 5pm on Tuesday 13th December 2022. 

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