A community drop in session is planned to give locals an opportunity to view plans, provide feedback and find out how to get involved in shaping Shawwood Greenspace for the future.
The greenspace is currently comprises intensively mown amenity grassland with some semi-improved grassland and relict hedgerows around the fringes of the space. The space serves a number of important community functions, however, is considered ecologically poor.
East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) held proposals last year for the large grassed area near Shawwood Crescent, just off Mearns Road, which included the formation of wildlife margins, new access points, a mown grass path, meadow and amenity tree planting.
The consultation asked residents which parts of the plan they would welcome and what modest changes they would like to see to benefit the space.
Ideas included increasing diversity, thereby attracting insects (including butterflies and bees), birds and mammals, increased visual interest contributing towards an improved sense of place, new opportunities for recreation and education and encouraging local people to get more involved and take ownership of the space.
The consultation results also showed that a number of suggestions, such as introduction of play facilities (whether traditional ornatural), drainage, street furniture (bins, seating etc) will require additional funding in order to be delivered.
Although this is not possible at the moment, the long term nature of the project means these aspects can be explored in more detail in the future with the community consultation providing an important mandate for this.
Additional tree planting around margins and a more natural grassland habitat will serve to improve drainage.
Future access routes may avoid ‘boggy’ parts of the space with habitat enhancement focused on poorly drained areas to mitigate drainage issues.
The community drop in session takes place at Mearns Kirk Church Hall on Thursday, January 26 between 3-7pm.
All are welcome to attend.