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water works barrhead

Barrhead Water Works, near Glasgow won the public vote to become Grow Wild’s Scotland flagship site in November 2013.

It has since undergone a dramatic transformation from derelict sewage works to a community-friendly wild flower space.

water works before

water works after

water works after

In doing so, it’s become a beacon for what we’re all about: people coming together to make a difference in their community using UK native wild flowers.

It’s makeover has been led by East Renfrewshire Council, alongside Barrhead High School with enthusiastic help from Young Enterprise Scotland, the Coach House Trust and Barrhead Men’s Shed.

the community at work

No corner of the two hectare site, which had been derelict for over 30 years, has been left untouched. Star features include willow entrances, carved railway sleeper borders, large circular concrete containers, sweeping paths and 16,000 plants, which were nurtured by Young Enterprise Scotland’s Training Academy. Over 90% of all materials used for the revamp are recycled – many items were found on-site and upcycled, including stone from old treatment tanks.

To add to the great work at Water Works, the project has also been nominated for the following awards:

The runners-up were Belville Community Garden in Greenock with a plan for a growing project on the site of former high rise flats in Greenock, and Froggy Pond in Livingston – where the team are transforming a much-loved pond and park with a wetland area and wild flower structure; both received £4,000 each to progress their projects.

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