Children across Central Scotland have benefited from a round of projects which received over £60,000 funding by the CSGN Community Projects Fund.
26 community groups successfully made applications for up to £3,000, helping to deliver initiatives that were aimed at children and young people below the age of 16, or involved this age group in the project. We have a small selection of these projects that we recently revisited to see how they got on.
Methilhill Community Children's Initiative in Fife received £1,500 to transform a piece of waste ground into an outdoor learning garden to provide a greenspace resource for the local community. The new learning space offers the opportunity to engage with nature and encourages physical activity and community spirit. The installation of pathways in the design of the space means it is accessible to all members of the community and the variety of plants purchased will create seasonal interest in the site and will help to attract biodiversity.
Doonvale Nursery in South Ayrshire received an award of £1,570 to develop its ‘Secret Garden’ on the site of a former orchard and allotment next to the nursery. The funding was used to purchase waterproof clothing for the children, tools to help them develop the new growing space and a dry storage facility for drying the waterproof clothing. The nursery children were involved in all aspects of the project, ensuring the correct conditions were created for wildlife, and planting the fruit and vegetables.
The Linvale Primary Eco Group from West Dunbartonshire was awarded £3,000 to upgrade the space on the grounds of the primary school in Clydebank in order to engage pupils in nature and the outdoors, through the creation of an outdoor learning environment. The CSGN funding was used to install entrance features and a learning circle and to create a wetland area and a forest of over 700 trees. The group also planted wild flowers and bulbs and purchased bird feeders and bird houses, as well as waterproof clothing and tools, in order that the pupils could help in the creation and maintenance of the garden.
Friends of the Plantation, North Ayrshire received £2,995 to continue a programme of planting more trees in Holm Plantation through working with local school children, Duke of Edinburgh Award participants and the community. Pupils from Ardrossan Academy and St Matthew’s Academy planted 26 trees with assistance from North Ayrshire Council’s Streetscene team and members of Friends of the Plantation.
Gorgie City Farm located in Edinburgh used the £1,740 award to support youth groups in the design, planning, construction, planting and maintenance of the garden. The innovative design in the shape of a keyhole incorporates a central basket where compostable waste is placed and permeates the surrounding vegetables, providing the crops with organic nutrients. Located in a built up and densely populated area of Edinburgh, the keyhole garden has contributed to enhancing the greenspace in the city. The Nature Detectives youth group was involved in the research, planning and design and the landscaping was completed by 20 young people from Big Hearts Community Trust. Visiting school and nursery children then took part in sowing seeds and planting crops in the garden.