The Brief For The Community Garden at East End Campus
Glasgow Kelvin College has designed and is currently developing a community garden at its East End Campus (2 Haghill Road, Glasgow). The aim of the Garden is to provide an inspiring space that can help to deliver exciting, interactive outdoor learning experiences for learners and staff; provide the benefits of the outdoors to the College and local community linked to the health and wellbeing; and help to improve the College’s awareness of and relationship with the surrounding natural environment.
The Garden design is centred on issues concerning social, economic and environmental sustainability. These include minimising the environmental impact of the Garden’s construction and protecting the existing ecosystem; requires low maintenance and is resilient to current and future climate change effects; and ensures the College community have the potential to gain and develop lifelong learning and employability skills.
It is intended that the Garden will benefit students, staff and the local community by providing several learning and personal development opportunities through woodwork and construction projects, a herb growing garden and fresh food produce, and a welcome area to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
The Garden Site
Figure 1A highlights the site where the Garden is being developed. This was a disused, overgrown piece of land next to the car park at the rear of the College, adjacent to Carntyne Road.
Further images of the condition of the site before any works were started are shown in Figures 1B and 1C.
A number of proposals have been considered along the way in creating the final design.
Some of these ideas are shown in the images below, and include: a housed area for vegetable and fruit growing (Figure 2A); a sensory garden and free planting area (Figure 2B); and a grass and wildflower meadowland (Figure 2C).
The Story So Far
We have been fortunate in securing funding from several bodies registered through the Scottish Landfill Community Fund. An outline of the funding bodies supporting the construction of the Garden are listed below:
- A successful bid to EB Scotland has enabled construction of the initial footpaths to be completed;
- Further funding secured from The Levenseat Trust has enabled site clearance, and the purchase of a Polytunnel, a tool shed, and Fruit Trees to go ahead.
We hope that with a further bid secured, the project team will be able to purchase tools, planters, and complete the final landscaping phase.
The College has also been very fortunate to receive the support of students and staff from the Scottish Rural Universities and Colleges Horticulture and Garden Design department. Students have been set the task to create a flowerbed design that will be applied to the Garden, and takes into account a number of objectives, including those stated at the outset of this project. We are excited and look forward to seeing the final designs later in May 2019!
Some of the work to date is shown in the following images.
Extended video footage of the East End Community Garden Project, which was a finalist in the EAUC Green Gown Awards 2021
We are still keen to engage with students, staff, and the local community, and want to hear your ideas, or answer any questions you may have about the Garden.
Please send your ideas and/ or questions to our project team using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
*IMPORTANT: Please add the subject title ‘East End Community Garden’.
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Many thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you!