By Bill Heaney

On Saturday 12 June, Jackie Baillie, pictured right, will visit Geilston Gardens in Cardross as part of the National Lottery Open Week.

The National Lottery is encouraging everyone to spend National Lottery Open Week visiting organisations in their local area which have benefited from National Lottery Funding.

This annual initiative, which began in 2017, has grown to include 650 offers and reaches 14 million people across the UK. After such a difficult year it is fantastic that so many organisations want to show their gratitude to the National Lottery.

Since March 2020, over £1billion of National Lottery funding has helped communities, people and organisations impacted by COVID-19 pandemic to get back on their feet.

During her visit to Geilston Gardens, Jackie Baillie will meet with the Friends of Geilston Gardens group. This group ensure that the heritage and legacy of the gardens is maintained and play a vital role in keeping the gardens running.

Jackie Baillie MSP said:  “I am delighted to drop into Geilston Gardens as part of the National Lottery’s open week.

“The National Lottery does a lot of work supporting organisations in our community and across Scotland and the open week is a great opportunity to get out and about and see the work that it does.

“Geilston Gardens is a wonderful local landmark and there is no better time to visit it than in summer when the gardens are in full bloom. The gardens are still running thanks to the dedication of local people and groups like the Friends of Geilston Gardens.

“I encourage everyone to take advantage of the open week and go and visit one of the many wonderful organisations and sights that we have locally.”

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