Grow Wild's Scotland flagship - Water Works, Barrhead

Barrhead Water Works, near Glasgow, is Grow Wild’s Scotland flagship site.

The derelict sewage works underwent a dramatic transformation to a community-friendly wildflower space. Its makeover 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.

Barrhead sewage area before transformation

Water Works site

No corner of the two hectare site, which had been derelict for over 30 years, was 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.

By utilising a derelict industrial space, the people of Barrhead brought new life to the area. Over 1,000 people from different generations and backgrounds worked together real change for their community. Now and into the future. 

To add to the great work at Water Works, the project has also been nominated for the following awards: 
Scottish Quality in Planning for the community involvement category
URF Awards 2015 – nominated Water Works in the community led regeneration  

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