Derelict land in Glasgow benefits from Grow Wild funding

A derelict piece of land in Glasgow's Govanhill has been turned into a flourishing community garden thanks to an award from Grow Wild.

The project received £4,000 of Grow Wild funding as a contribution towards the transformation of the disused space into a vibrant garden that will bring people of all ages together to share ideas, learn about plants, and discover wildlife. The garden has been developed and will be maintained by Govanhill Housing Association.

As well as planting flowers, there are plans to create an outdoor classroom and herb garden for local schools to use throughout the year. 

Local volunteers and trainees have also started to build raised flowers beds and a large growing tunnel to encourage wildlife, including bees, butterflies and birds into the garden.

The garden will also provide learning opportunities: young people aged 16-25 years old will be taught new landscaping, gardening and horticulture skills.

Claire Bennett, Grow Wild Scotland partnership manager, said: "There are high proportions of derelict land in the city but this is an amazing opportunity for the community to take the land and enjoy growing and learning about wild flowers. The biodiversity that these areas can provide is also fantastic, with Great Gardens already achieving great results through the hard work of their local trainees who are finding ways back into work.

"We are all now looking forward to welcoming members of the community to enjoy the Coplaw Street Community Garden as it grows and blooms over this summer, and for many years to come."

Scotland’s first minister and local MSP Nicola Sturgeon officially opened the colourful Coplaw Street Community Garden on Thursday 23 July.

The project is one of 13 community initiatives across Scotland awarded funding of between £1,000 and £4,000 by Grow Wild to encourage people to grow native plants and transform communal areas.

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.

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