Big Walk


Larkhall Community Growers visited by Big Lottery Fund and MSP


Larkhall Community Growers played host to The Big Walk from the National Lottery as they showcased their community garden and project work.

The Growers, who recently received £108,563 of National Lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund, will fund their programme to employ a programme manager and development worker, as well as staff and volunteer training.

The Big Walk, delivered by the Eden Project and made possible by the National Lottery, kicked off on 16 May. Four walkers (volunteers who applied for the challenge) will head from Morecambe to their respective homes in each of the four UK nations. Finishing simultaneously on Sunday 3 June, the walkers will all make it back in time to join The Big Lunch, the biggest community led celebration in the UK.

On hand to celebrate The Big Walk with her constituents was Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse.

Christina, who continues to support and volunteer with Larkhall Community Growers, commented:

“The Big Walk was a fantastic celebration, rightly showcasing the community spirit and togetherness felt within Larkhall. My thanks to the Eden Project and the Big Lottery Fund for putting on such a wonderful event.

“Larkhall Community Growers have been at the forefront of that community spirit, providing an outlet for my constituents to volunteer, learn new skills and tackle social isolation together.

“Nancy and the whole team deserve immense credit for the life-changing role they have provided for many of my constituents.

“Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, they have been able to continue their services and grow from strength to strength, providing help and support for those who need it most throughout my constituency.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Director, Martin Cawley, said: “The Big Walk connects people, celebrates community and encourages the nation to take part in The Big Lunch on the 3rd June. At the heart of this are many local projects such as the Larkhall Community Growers which are making wonderful things happen, thanks to National Lottery players.”