Garden of delight

DELIGHTED residents, schoolchildren and community groups in Pollokshields are celebrating after disused spare ground was transformed into a vibrant green space.

Impact Arts unveiled its Urban Green project, which has seen parts of St Andrews Drive become a new community garden, an area for festivals and events, and an art space showcasing the work of Bellahouston Academy pupils and the community.

The project is the first of its kind in Glasgow and the charity completed it in partnership with Glasgow Housing Association, Southside Housing Association and Land Engineering.

Project manager Natalie McFadyen told The Extra: “In Pollokshields, there has been an ongoing consultation process involving residents, groups and schools to design dynamic spaces that meet the community’s needs, allowing residents to re-engage with the space.

“The result is a new community garden, a community space for festivals and events and an art space populated with works created by pupils at Bellahouston Academy from designs and ideas submitted by the whole community.

“St Andrew’s Drive has been transformed into a beautiful and inspiring place for the whole community to appreciate and celebrate together.

“This regeneration encourages positive activities, improving the overall health, well-being and lives of the residents, as well as those simply passing through”.

Glendale primary, Bellahouston Academy, the Nan McKay Hall and Pollokshields local housing forum management committee have been involved in the process through open meetings, consultation and design sessions.

Lisa Peebles is involved in Pollokshields community council and is organiser of the area’s annual Ready Steady Grow event.

She and her children, who attend Bellahouston Academy, participated in the Urban Green initiative.

She told The Extra: “It is a huge financial investment in three spaces that have been lacking in maintenance for the past few years.

“They are the only spaces on the St Andrew’s Drive corridor area which have benches that are used and the people who live there deserve to have green spaces to sit in.

“I am delighted this investment has been made.

“Involving children at an early stage creates a sense of ownership and pride in the local area”.