National homebuilder Taylor Wimpey West Scotland has answered an appeal from a newly-formed community group called Bonnie Bishopton for some help.

Set-up to plant and maintain the open areas within the village, this new community group needed a donation of soil for their project, as well as a supply of high-viz vests to keep its volunteers safe and visible while they work.

The team at Taylor Wimpey’s Dargavel Village have stepped in to deliver 80 tonnes of soil and provide a supply of branded high-viz vests.

The soil has been used to backfill a large area at the centre of the village near the Community Centre and the group are now proudly wearing their new high-viz vests while out working in the community.

Commenting on the support that it has received from Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, Roy Cox, Chair of Bonnie Bishopton said: “We are extremely grateful for the support that we have received from Taylor Wimpey, and we can’t thank them enough for their generous donation of soil. In fact, I would like to pay particular thanks to the team who delivered the soil because this made a very difficult job much easier for us.

“Since setting up the group, our first project was to clear an area at the centre of the village at the community centre which was waist high in weeds. Once cleared, we were left with a sunken area of poor soil, and it would have been very difficult, in fact impossible, for us to plant anything without the donation of soil from Taylor Wimpey.

“The soil has given the village a lovely display of spring flowers and we intend starting to plant as soon as possible with evergreen shrubs for all round interest as well as flowers for the summer. It really has made a huge difference to what we could achieve.

“Our volunteers are also delighted with their high-viz vests which means they can be seen by members of our local community while they are working to keep Bishopton looking so lovely for the pleasure of everyone living locally and for those visiting.”

Photo: (Left to Right) Nancy Reid (Bonnie Bishopton Membership Secretary), Linda Megson (Bonnie Bishopton Secretary) and Kimberly Curley (Taylor Wimpey West of Scotland Marketing Executive).

Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said: “We are delighted to be able to support Bonnie Bishopton in this way, and we are thrilled that our substantial donation of soil and high-viz vests has given this community project the boost they wanted.

“Being able to work with local businesses and organisations that surround our developments means a great deal to us, and it’s great to know that we are helping to make a difference within the local communities where we build.”

Local Councillor James MacLaren adds: “It has been extremely pleasing to see how Bonnie Bishopton has blossomed from a mere seed of an idea.

“We’ve already seen the work that Brighter Bridge of Weir has carried out for the village. I was determined to help get something similar started in Bishopton and it has already exceeded all my expectations.”