In 2013 East Renfrewshire Council was awarded £135,000 by Grow Wild to transform a derelict former sewage works - Water Works in Barrhead - into a vibrant green space to benefit the whole community.
Since winning the online campaign to become Grow Wild’s Scotland flagship in 2013, the area has blossomed, with the help of local high school and community groups. Massive concrete tanks have been turned into striking large wild flower gardens and 10 silver birch trees have been planted, as well as other trees and natives.
New partners are on board this year and with new investment coming to the surrounding area, the sowing of wild flowers will be extended from Water Works into other areas of Barrhead.
Throughout Scotland, Grow Wild has funded a total of 53 smaller community and youth projects since May 2013. Over £100,000 has been invested to date and communities are reaping the benefits the wild flower spaces develop. Supported by the Big Lottery Fund and led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, a total of £41,500 has been awarded to support community projects in Scotland this year.
Grow Wild’s community projects are awarded between £1,000 and £4,000 to develop creative wild flower spaces and in 2015 include: a shelter and edible woodland for cyclists and walkers on the Great Glen Way in Inverness-shire, a commemorative woodland art project in Aberdeenshire and a beautiful garden built by young people in Edinburgh.