A HISTORICAL beauty spot in Lugar has been transformed by a community group who have used their expertise and skills to renovate it.

‘The Spoot’ is a natural spring, with pure water that was commonly visited by locals who would fill a jug up to add to their whiskey, as it was said to make it taste better.

But for years the spot has lay untouched. It’s glory days where families would visit, and enjoy the stunning surroundings were long gone.

Now it has been given a much needed facelift, thanks to a group project started by John Baird, 45, who decided to focus on his favourite Lugar haunt after seeing it fall into neglect.

John told the Chronicle: “I’m currently furloughed from my work, I’m an explosive supervisor in quarries.

“Me, my Uncle Alex and cousin Alex set a group up and we’ve had help from so many people in the community. It’s really personal to us, there’s a lot of history there. The last time it was touched was 20 years ago and that was my dad and uncle Wullie.

“A Facebook group was set up to appeal for any unused materials that could be used to help with the project.

“ We put reclaimed decking down, so it is now accessible for wheelchair users or prams, and Hugh McPherson has been a great help, making fencing, railings and handrails to make it safer.

The team have been joined by older members of the community such as Andrew Blackwood, who has helped with painting,. Altogether the workforce has an combined age of over 300, and the mix of experience and youth has breathed new life in ‘The Spoot’.

John added: “It’s bringing everyone out, and we are keeping our distance, we are all always spaced out. It’s been superb for the community. I have been telling everyone it’s your garden, it’s your area. It’s something we can all look forward to when this is all over.”

Other personal touches have been added, such as two trees planted in remembrance for well-known villagers. One is dedicated to bus driver Tommy Monaghan, by his wife and daughters and another is a Cherry Blossom in memory of Margaret Johnstone, from her husband, son and daughter.

John added: “Lugar is proving to be the little village, with a great big heart.”

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