Stihl and Hamilton Brothers Award Local Hero!July 12, 2016
Lesley Hinde, finalist in the STIHL Local Community Hero competition, popped into our Bishopton Depot to collect her prize of a STIHL FSA 90 cordless brushcutter with battery and charger from Brian McCallum in our Parts Department.
Lesley, Art teacher at Linwood High School scooped the prize worth over £500 in the competition set up by German chainsaw and power tool giants Stihl to recognise and reward those unsung heroes that have given back to their neighbourhood in the form of gardening, landscaping, clearing or cultivating. Fellow Paisley local, Ruth Swann who nominated Lesley said:
“In 2014 Lesley took a rough patch of ground at Linwood High School and transformed it into the Craig Hepburn Memorial Garden to commemorate a former pupil who was tragically murdered in 2012. Here she runs a gardening club for pupils so they can learn valuable gardening skills to utilise at home and later in life. Very few children in the area have the opportunity to garden – so this is a wonderful initiative for the community.”
Delighted to receive her prize brushcutter, Lesley admitted that she was planning to head straight from the depot to the Memorial Garden to put it to use straight away!
“We have cultivated the Memorial Garden using hand tools so this will certainly help with maintenance! The quiet battery operated system is ideal for local community projects.”
In addition to setting up the Memorial Garden Lesley has helped Linwood High School achieve an RHS Five Star Gardening School Award, encouraged a student to reach the final of the RHS Young School Gardener of the Year competition, joined forces with a local care home to help pupils create three gardens for the residents and persuaded a local Tesco to allow her and some pupils to plant a garden at the front of the store as part of the RHS Greening Grey Britain Campaign!
What’s more, since the founding of the Craig Hepburn Memorial Garden, Lesley has fought to gain funding for the school garden. This became of particular importance when the schools green house and shed were destroyed in a storm. Thanks to her hard work, the school managed to secure a donation from Glasgow Airport’s Flightpath Fund so that a new green house could be built, big enough to accommodate a class of pupils. In addition, the school also has a newly planted orchard of fruit trees which the pupils are excited to see grow and develop.
Lesley was unaware of her nomination and was thrilled when she got the call to say she was a finalist, “I was really surprised to learn I was a finalist in the competition, it’s usually me putting my students forward for competitions!
She continued, “There is so much the Craig Hepburn Memorial Garden has done for our pupils. They have become better critical thinkers and have more transferable skills, whether it is teamwork, communicating ideas or problem solving. They are more knowledgeable about plants, flowers, trees, birds, animals and biodiversity and they understand how to grow their own produce in an organic garden. They have more of a connection with their environment and can make a more informed choice about their diet and what they eat. It’s a real honour to be nominated for this fantastic award and the STIHL cordless brushcutter will come in incredibly handy!”
Robin Lennie, Managing Director at STIHL GB, said:
“We know there are thousands of people around the country spending endless hours of their own time planting, landscaping, recycling and cleaning – all in the name of their local community. As a leading garden power tool and equipment company we feel it is our duty to recognise those people who are helping to keep the environment clean, maintained and protected,” says Robin.
STIHL will be announcing the winner of the competition later in the month who will walk away with £2,500 worth of STIHL Cordless System tools. “As local agents for Stihl garden machinery and equipment, we were thrilled to see Lesley’s hard work rewarded” says Eric Gardiner, Managing Director of Hamilton Brothers. “We wish Lesley the best of luck in the final stages of the competition and hope to support her in any future community initiatives”.
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