Stuart Chalmers, Forest District Manager, Forest Enterprise Scotland
Cuningar Loop Woodland Park is a £5.7 million Legacy 2014 project that provides an exciting new woodland park located in the Clyde Gateway. Formerly the location of reservoirs that provided water to the whole of Glasgow, the site was used for quarrying and mining and, in the 1960s, became a landfill site for rubble from the demolition of the Gorbals. Restoration works from 2014 to 2016, led by Forest Enterprise Scotland, have transformed 15 hectares of derelict, unused land, the size of 15 large football pitches, into an attractive community greenspace. A new bridge over the River Clyde now links the Park to 700 new homes in the former Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock. 15,000 trees have been planted and a large meadow created with picnic areas. The Park also features: an extensive path network; an adventure play facility; a bike skills area; Scotland’s first outdoor bouldering park; a woodland workout and an outdoor classroom.
Scott Ferguson, Seven Lochs Project Coordinator, and Claire Quinn, Heritage Volunteering Officer
The Seven Lochs Wetland Park, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is Scotland's largest urban nature park. Bringing together almost 20 sq km of lochs, parks, nature reserves and woodlands between Glasgow and Coatbridge the park encompasses seven lochs, five local nature reserves, a country park and one of Glasgow’s oldest buildings at Provan Hall. With an existing network of walking and cycling routes, once complete the project will enable local people and visitors to experience the natural and cultural heritage of the Seven Lochs area and help local communities to take ownership of the park for generations to come. Improved visitor facilities are planned at four gateways to the park - Hogganfield Loch, Provan Hall, Drumpellier Country Park and Glenboig Life Centre – including the full restoration of the medieval Provan Hall. Further route development is planned to link the gateway sites and to improve signage, interpretation and management across the whole park. The Seven Lochs really is heritage on your doorstep, and this study tour will focus on the facilities and activities being developed to enable people to discover and explore the area’s history and nature, including opportunities for training and volunteering.
Emma Iller, Project Manager, Urbans Roots
Urban Roots is a community led organisation committed to working with local people on environmental projects. Urban Roots has transformed numerous derelict or unused green spaces across the Southside of Glasgow into thriving community gardens where herbs and vegetables, fruit and flowers can be grown. This makes the area look more attractive, helps to create well used, safe social places and brings people together. Adjacent to their main garden in Toryglen is Malls Mire wood, which has been changed by volunteers from a neglected site for fly-tipping, into a thriving community run Local Nature Reserve, providing opportunities for conservation work, therapeutic activities and outdoor adventure play for children. This trip will explore how Urban Roots staff and volunteers use programmes like the Urban Explorers after school clubs and the Into the Woods holiday programme make use of outdoor settings to support outdoor play and learning and engage children and young adults with nature, growing food and living sustainably.
Play Workers Robert Kennedy, Alan Kennedy and Alistair McCall
Baltic Street Adventure Playground was set up in 2013 by the art and architecture collective Assemble and arts organisation Create as a temporary response to the lack of play space and out of school provision for children in Dalmarnock. Now a Community Interest Company, Baltic Street is a free to use, supervised adventure playground for children from 6 to 12 years. Baltic Street is child-led; the children choose what to do and can get involved in everything from the day-to-day management to the development of the site. Baltic Street exists to provide and sustain an environment in which children are supported and enabled to act on their right to play in the fullest possible way, throughout their childhood. It aims to address the whole child as a part of the community they are growing up in, and actively supports and nurtures physical as well as social, emotional and developmental well-being. This child-led approach puts children at the heart of decision-making, growing their confidence, capacity for independent action and ability to affect change. Specially trained play workers keep the children safe, cook food on the campfire and support them to pursue their own play, from make-believe to construction projects.
Reconnecting people, nature and water, North Glasgow
Jackie Harvey, Project Lead, Sighthill TRA, Glasgow City Council and Chris Breslin, Head of Regeneration and Development, Scottish Canals
North Glasgow is going through a period of dramatic change. This site visit along the Forth & Clyde Canal towpath will start at Pinkston Watersports and then consider the regeneration of Sighthill and the GI Canal and North Gateway project. The £250m masterplan for Sighthill sets out 50 Ha of mixed use land (almost 800 new homes, a new community campus accommodating a school, nursery, youth centre and community sports halls, and commercial retail accommodation) set in high quality greenspace and green infrastructure. A new pedestrian bridge will improve connectivity across the M8 motorway to the city centre. The Canal and North Gateway project will enhance greenspace along the canal between Firhill and Port Dundas. Utilising the Scottish Natural Heritage GI Fund, a derelict site is being converted into the Clay Pits Local Nature Reserve with a new gateway building at the former Old Basin House on Applecross Street. Additionally, the North Glasgow Integrated Water Management System will unlock the regeneration of vacant and derelict sites at Sighthill, Dundashill, Hamiltonhill and Cowlairs by providing an innovative surface water drainage solution utilising blue-green fingers of sustainable urban drainage serving each of the regeneration areas and the dynamic management of the water in the canal.
GI delivery at Moss Heights
Iain Rennick, Head of Green Infrastructure Fund, Scottish Natural Heritage and Pauline Fletcher, Community Initiatives Manager, Southside Housing Association
Southside Housing Association, with funding from the Scottish Natural Heritage Green Infrastructure Fund, is transforming what was underused, difficult to access and unattractive open space at Moss Heights, Cardonald in the south of Glasgow, into a vibrant, new community park. This complements work the Association has done to improve the adjacent high rise buildings. The park is being created in an area of multiple deprivation (with high unemployment, low income, poor health, low educational attainment) and which is home to a high proportion of people from an ethnic minority background. The project was developed with the community, including drop in events and a door to door survey, and a ‘Friends of’ group has now been established. A range of voluntary organisations active in the area have expressed interest in the potential of the community park for volunteering, for training and for community events. When it is completed at the end of 2018, the new park will offer a range of opportunities for people to get involved with the site, from community growing and learning to cycle, to volunteer tree care and gardening apprenticeships. The visit will also provide an opportunity to discuss the findings of recent SNH research into how the benefits of green infrastructure in social housing areas can be maximized.
CSGN Forum 2017
How green infrastructure is transforming the way we live
This event took place on Thursday 15 June at the John McIntyre Conference Centre in Edinburgh.
This year’s Forum, our seventh, provided an opportunity to explore how green infrastructure projects are transforming the way we develop and repair our cities and towns.
Highlights from the 2017 CSGN Forum
Opening Ministerial speech from the Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP
Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Senior Architect, Stefano Boeri Architects - Bosco Verticale
Wendy Langham, Programme Manager, Eastside Partnership - Connswater Community Greenway
Niels Jensen, Traffic Planner, City of Copenhagen - Copenhagen's Green Routes