May 13, 2012

Barrhead Green Network

East Renfrewshire
Vacant & Derelict Land, Water Environment
CSGN Development Fund
Lead Partners:
East Renfrewshire Council

Project background

In 2012, East Renfrewshire Council was awarded £68,000 to take forward the planning and implementation of the Barrhead green network, which will see preparatory work on site to improve access and woodland habitat links created to neighbouring parts of Glasgow. Key outputs from the project include a comprehensive woodland design plan and site remediation works on the site in preparation for the creation of 1.7 hectares of new woodland on derelict land.

In 2015, East Renfrewshire Council were awarded a further £15,000 to prepare a detailed design greenspace network proposal for three connected sites, in support of the Barrhead South development masterplan. The outputs included a fully illustrated report documenting the principles and approach for the landscape-led project, and detailed designs of three greenspaces as a series of connected projects.

An integrated part of this project was two linked participation workshops with the local secondary school. A group of 15 students shared their ideas and aspirations for the site, and in a second follow-up workshop listened to a presentation of the emerging design proposals before providing feedback and adding further ideas to the landscape plans. This process was documented and fed forward to initiate further future input and engagement with the plans.

 A further £20,000 was awarded to East Renfrewshire Council in 2015 to create a new green network connecting the town of Barrhead with Glasgow. The project is located over 8 hectares of derelict ground beside the River Levern. The derelict land is strategically placed on a narrow strip of greenbelt between two urban areas, making it ideally placed to form a key link in the wider strategic network.

The project included the creation of a new path through the green corridor to connect Barrhead and Glasgow. It also included a temporary wildflower meadow to green a 5 hectare development site, a community beekeeping project that makes use of vacant and derelict land, and a small woodland planted on a derelict area.

Funding Details:

Year Fund Value
2012 CSGN Development Fund 68,000
2015 CSGN Development Fund 15,000
2015 CSGN Development Fund 20,000