A MENSTRIE woman was instrumental in the BBC's Beechgrove transformation of Alloa's Wimpy Park which holds a special place in her heart.

Louisa Carberry completed her BA Art and Design at Forth Valley College earlier this year and landed a consultancy role with Clackmannanshire Council to develop the space with new gardens, a playpark, football pitches, amphitheatre and architecture.

The exciting initiative has drawn interest from the popular Beechgrove Garden show, with crews spending a week filming the main body of work being carried out last month.

Louisa said the area holds a special place in her heart as she had been volunteering with the Bowmar Community Group for several years.

The 21-year-old added: "It's been absolutely amazing to be involved in this project and I am not surprised that the Beechgrove [team] came along to film as it is quite an exciting transformation.

"It has been quite stressful to be working full-time on it, but as I am working along with people who are passionate about the same thing, I am energised by them all.

"There are literally hundreds of volunteers who are involved with fundraising and with manual work in the park transformation, and it has been really, really great to be taken to heart by this community."

Louisa is now preparing to start her Art and Design Honours year at the University of Stirling in September and has previously showcased her creative skills in the Street Stories initiative, launched recently by Go Forth Stirling Business Improvement District (BID).

Adam Blair, assistant producer for Tern TV, who produce the programme, said: "Lou is a terrific talent, she has adapted to this project with great confidence and ability.

"Working in tandem with the Wimpy Park Community Group and assisted by our Garden Design Consultant, Lou has helped create a garden design for the group that will have a lasting legacy for everyone who lives in the area."

The programme will be airing on BBC within the coming months.

Linda Paterson, curriculum manager in FVC's Department of Creative Industries, Hospitality and Tourism, added: "We are proud and delighted that Lou has been selected for this project.

"She is a great example of a student who seeks out opportunities and just goes for it."