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Water Work’s Eco festival & Growing Up Wild events

Water Work’s Eco festival & Growing Up Wild events

July saw the start of our self styled “Eco Festival”.

To kick things off Carlibar Family Centre come along to build our first Bug Hotel (or “Big Bug House” as it became known) . The group then set off to explore the diversity of bugs and beasties the wildflower garden has to offer under the auspices of our local ecology expert Jennifer.

 

We had some fab outdoor productions from Tenterhooks and their Call of Nature show and Eco Drama’s The Worm courtesy of the East Renfrewshire Culture and Leisure team.

 

Around the same time we were delighted to have Jackie and the Outlet: Play Resource team on hand to help with our Growing Up Wild summer holiday activities. Following a series of outdoor events in the past there was clear demand for family friendly outdoor activities. The Outlet team did a fab job hosting different events as part of a dedicated play programme including natural play, musical workshops and more family orientated events such Teddy Bear’s picnic and storytelling.

As well as lots of happy people, we were thrilled to see the space being used in such a positive way, with different areas used for different types of play. This was something we always envisaged and was wonderful to see this come to fruition. Great effort all round!

If you have any ideas or want to get involved why not get in touch and help make things happen

 

 

 

 

Dis-taste An alternative tea ceremony of water, soil and waste

Dis-taste An alternative tea ceremony of water, soil and waste

What have sewage and food growing got in common? In response to the reinvention of Water Works from derelict industrial site into a social, growing and wildlife hub for the local area; artists Alex and Hannah are working with local people to investigate the sites history through the different ‘cycles’ which continue to take place here, such… Continue Reading

Sea Hames @ Water Works

Sea Hames @ Water Works

  Last Saturday saw Oceanallover present their latest performance project Sea Hames at Water Works, a fabulous costumed extravaganza that not even the rain could dampen. Here is a snippet from Herald Scotland’s five star review from the following day at The Tramway – “…there was a chance to see Alex Rigg and his company delivering Sea Hames… Continue Reading

Volunteer @ Water Works

Volunteer @ Water Works

Fancy helping out at the Water Works? We have fortnightly Friday volunteer sessions 11am-3pm starting 28 April (check out our events for dates). Come along and get involved! Water Works will particularly appeal to volunteers who enjoy the outdoors, gardening, creativity, fresh air, working with their hands, gentle exercise and cups of tea.  The emphasis is… Continue Reading

Community BBQ & Spring Clean

Community BBQ & Spring Clean

Yesterday (Thursday 6 April) the Water Works hosted it’s first community event of the Spring – a community BBQ & Spring Clean. Organised by representatives of the Water Works Action Group, this event this along with January’s Burns Night are perfect examples of the community taking the lead and making things happen. we want to see… Continue Reading

Water Works 2016 review

Water Works 2016 review

Happy new year everyone. Although 2016 may be remembered for all the wrong reasons, the Water Works is hopefully the exception. Here’s a rundown of 2016 The year started off with East Renfrewshire’s first community orchard. Hundreds of secondary school pupils, community groups and individuals planted over 250 different species of apple, pear and plum… Continue Reading

Water Works Action Group ~ A CALL TO ACTION

Water Works Action Group ~ A CALL TO ACTION

We are into the later stages of autumn when nature goes into hibernation and things start to quieten down. However, behind the scenes at Water Works HQ (which is currently the Men’s Shed Roberston Street, Barrhead) plans are afoot for a community led ‘Water Works Action Group’ to bring forward a programme of events and… Continue Reading

Pumpkin Harvest @ Water Works

Pumpkin Harvest @ Water Works

If you have visited the Water Works over Summer 2016 you will have probably noticed the Water Works ‘Pumpkin Patch’. A tangle of vines and wildflowers in one of the old tanks (incidentally, this was filled with compost made from the green waste bins collected in East Renfrewshire). As a previous post explains, local children grew… Continue Reading

Seed Collecting and Scything Workshops

Seed Collecting and Scything Workshops

Part of the Water Works Autumn programme saw us team up with Stephen Porch from Glasgow’s Flower Power Project for a series of end of season activities – seed collecting and traditional meadow management. Key ingredients for a successful species rich wildflower meadow. Big thanks to Barrhead and Thornliebank Centres for coming out for the… Continue Reading

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