Development Manager, Possilpark Greenspace
The challenge we face in this area of Glasgow, is the sheer amount of vacant and derelict land present in our community and the negative impact this has on the lives of those who live here. Normally, one looks at what percentage of the population live within 500m of a derelict site to gauge how severely impacted a community is. In Possilpark it’s 100%. That’s bad. But it’s actually even worse than that - 96% live within just half of that distance, and 68% live within 100m – just a stone’s throw.
We work throughout the area, and our biggest achievement is our flagship project, the Hamiltonhill Claypits. A previously derelict 25 acre site, running along the edge of the Forth and Clyde Canal, at the heart of a highly urbanised, post-industrial area, surrounded by numerous communities, all ranking high (top 5-15%) on the Scottish Indices of Multiple Deprivation. With our funding, we have been able to retain our member of staff who has since secured our goal of having the site protected by its designation as a Local Nature Reserve. Also, by sustaining our working partnership with Scottish Canals and Glasgow City Council, has enabled us to secure major funding for the capital programme, which will see path networks, boardwalks, redesigned entrances and other features constructed over the next 18 months. Thus, we have been able to ensure this valued wild space be protected for future generations and become fully accessible to all.