Glasgow Kelvin College is thrilled to learn that it has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Green Gown Awards 2021, Student Engagement category for its East End Community Garden project.
With four campuses across Glasgow’s East and North East communities, Glasgow Kelvin is committed to its ‘Green’ strategy, with a focus on delivering skills around renewable energies, carbon reduction and sustainability.
The Community Garden project has been developed over the past three years, transforming a piece of wasteground in Glasgow’s East End to create a peaceful and eco-friendly greenspace with environmental sustainability and learning at the core of its vision.
Students from the College, with staff supervision, have worked to design and build an inspirational and absorbing space which hosts a wide range of features supporting accessibility, bio-diversity and contributing to carbon reduction. These include wheelchair accessible amenities, a kitchen garden, fruit trees and many more environmental elements to attract urban wildlife and add pleasure to the garden experience.
Mental wellbeing and health for College students and the local community is of real significance, especially throughout the pandemic, and it is hoped that the garden goes some way to creating a haven and escape from some of the societal pressures everyone has been experiencing.
The College has worked with a range of funding partners and contractors to help it create the garden and support its UN Sustainable Goals commitment.
Becoming a finalist in the prestigious Green Gown Awards has been the icing on the cake.
This year’s UK and Ireland Green Gown Awards’ Finalists, representing over 862,219 students and 156,000 staff, are leading the way with their commitment to the global sustainability agenda and proving the value that universities and colleges bring to the economy and society even in the most challenging times. The Finalists emphasise an institution’s role in enabling and empowering young people to tackle pressing global issues to ensure they have a better tomorrow. Finalist projects show the power post-16 education possesses and the seriousness with which it takes its responsibility in creating a better world and a new generation of leaders.
Reflecting on this year’s submissions, Iain Patton, CEO, EAUC says
"It is clear from the number and quality of applications, that sustainability and the now irreversible sustainability movement is not only resilient but profoundly energised, opportunistic and dynamic! UK and Irish universities and colleges have turned Covid 19 challenges into opportunities and ensured that every change is a change for sustainability.”
Glasgow Kelvin College Principal, Derek Smeall, said:
“We are absolutely delighted to learn that our community garden project has been shortlisted for these prestigious national awards. This is great recognition of the immense hard work which students and staff have put into creating this space and spurs on our commitment to sustainability and carbon reduction across the College. Being shortlisted alongside so many excellent initiatives from our educational colleagues is a wonderful accolade and I am immensely proud of the effort and dedication of all those involved at Glasgow Kelvin to bring us this far.”
The ceremony will take place later this year and fingers are crossed!