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Barrhead water works

The Barrhead Water Works is an imaginative project that has transformed a derelict sewage works into inspirational wild flower meadows.

Grow Wild - Water Works Main (465)

Barrhead Waterworks was chosen by public vote to be the Scottish flagship site for Grow Wild - Grow Wild is administered by Kew Gardens and supported by funding from Big Lottery. 

The Water Works received an award of £130,000 towards garden construction and community involvement activities based in the gardens, and is a high profile project strongly backed by Kew Gardens.

Three round concrete tanks have been reused as huge  planters, each tank carefully prepared to create a dry/neutral /wet wildflower habitat.

Community groups in liaison with the Council are continuing to maintain and develop the project. It is used extensively by local schools and groups, and in particular Barrhead High School, for environmental education. 

Pupils from Barrhead High School helped the Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) Academy staff prune trees and bushes, pick up litter, clear moss from the bottom of the sewage tanks and also plant some trees. They spent some time at the YES Academy in Rouken Glen where they planted the seeds for the wild flowers to begin growing in the greenhouses and then transferred them to the wild flower garden towards the end of the project.

Project outcomes

Grinagog Theatre Show

The project has four community focused objectives:

  • Improve (1.5 hectares) of derelict land and the quality of environment in an area of high deprivation. Barrhead has a disproportionately high proportion of derelict land much of it clustered around one area.  The proximity to derelict land has negative consequences on neighbouring communities. The project will remove the blight cast by derelict land and may act as a stimulus for development on neighbouring derelict ground. 

  • The project will create a place that supports healthy lifestyles. Barrhead has a number of health inequalities.  The Project will work with local groups with a direct focus on health and well being.  A programme of community and volunteer events will support health and healthy lifestyles by providing the opportunity to enjoy gentle exercise and productive activity.

  • Participation will lead to accreditation and awards.  Barrhead High School will attain their John Muir Award, apprentices at West of Scotland College will gather credits towards their building qualifications, and the Saltire Volunteer scheme will reward volunteers.

  • Enjoyment of wild flowers and places. Waterworks will be open to the public becoming a new part of Barrhead's green network.

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