East Renfrewshire Council used a grant of £43,000 to undertake the necessary site investigations and contamination reports, and to prepare detailed plans for the creation of community woodland and short rotation coppice on 4 derelict and contaminated sites in Barrhead. As a result of the work a biomass production feasibility report has been prepared (including financial projections for income and expenditure) and costed landscape and forestry masterplans are now ready to guide future implementation of the project as part of the wider Barrhead green network. Applications for funding have been made to deliver the first elements of the plan, which will, in time, lead to the remediation of over 16 hectares of derelict land.
Building on the work supported by the CSGN Development Fund Renfrewshire Council, in conjunction with community groups and Barrhead High, were successful in securing £100,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund in November 2013 to develop the Water Works project. The Water Works was nominated as Grow Wild’s top Scottish community growing project.
Work gone underway on site in February 2014. The project is expected to transform 1 hectare of derelict land, to give work opportunities for 6 modern apprentices, to create 3 wild flower habitat tanks with 16,000 wild flowers and to deliver 500 meters of new path between March 2014 and October 2014.
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