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Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve – an inner-city oasis

Located just one mile from the hustle and bustle of Glasgow city centre lies an urban oasis – Hamiltonhill Claypits, the Dear Green Place’s only inner-city Local Nature Reserve. Running alongside the Forth and Clyde Canal, the area of the Claypits reserve was originally the home of a clay quarry used in construction of the…

Closeburn, Dumfries & Galloway – from active need to Passivhaus

Closeburn, Dumfries & Galloway – from active need to Passivhaus

A charitable trust incorporated in 2009, the Nith Valley Leaf Trust (NVLT) was set up to develop sustainable community development projects, and is based in Closeburn, Dumfries & Galloway. To address concerns in the area around the lack of affordable family-sized houses for rent and fuel poverty in the area, NVLT worked with South of…

Cumbernauld Living Landscape – volunteer-led conservation in one of Scotland’s greenest towns

With a population of around 52,000, Cumbernauld has some of the highest areas of multiple deprivation in Scotland, but it is also one of the greenest towns in the country, with over 50% of the town being greenspace. Cumbernauld Living Landscape brings different landowners in the town together to develop volunteer-led conservation. It works to…

Langholm Initiative – community nature reserve and regeneration project

The Langholm Initiative bought 5,200 acres of the Langholm Moor and Tarras Valley from Buccleuch Estates on behalf of the community, to create a vast new nature reserve and community regeneration project. Following extensive fundraising efforts by the Langholm Initiative, which received international support and hundreds of public donations, they were able to raise the…

Blackwood Community Woodland – creating an interest in nature

Blackwood Community Woodland – creating an interest in nature

Blackwood Estate Community Association in Lanarkshire has secured funding to purchase 65 acres of Loch Wood in the Estate. The purchase was completed in April 2021. The group has quickly got to work carrying out essential Health and Safety works to host outdoor classes for local schoolchildren and community groups and restore the Victorian path…

The Knowe Garden Centre – enjoying the fresh Ayr-shire

The Knowe Garden Centre – enjoying the fresh Ayr-shire

Auchinleck Community Development Initiative (ACDI) was founded to improve the area and create jobs. They began by taking over derelict sites and turning them into small, volunteer-led community gardens, growing and selling plants. Over time this has grown into a commercial gardening operation generating permanent employment opportunities and has created the Knowe Garden Centre. This…

Castlebank Park, Horticultural Training Centre, and Community Hub – flowers, food and fun for the community

Castlebank Park, Horticultural Training Centre, and Community Hub – flowers, food and fun for the community

Castlebank Park was in desperate need of renovation when Lanark Community Development Trust took over the management of the gardens from the local council in late 2013. A large part of the park was no longer in public use and was severely overgrown and neglected. Volunteers and work squads from Community Payback cleared and renovated…

Bowhouse Market – From empty barn to thriving marketplace

Bowhouse Market – From empty barn to thriving marketplace

 Using existing land and buildings in creative new ways is a great form of recycling, which helps not only communities but the environment too. Balcaskie Estate in the East Neuk of Fife did just that when they repurposed an existing barn, turning it from an infrequently used shed into the Bowhouse Market, a thriving indoor…

Newcastleton, Scottish Borders – Holm Hill Community Buyout

Newcastleton, Scottish Borders – Holm Hill Community Buyout

The negotiated sale of 750 acres of land known as Holm Hill from Buccleuch’s Borders Estate to the Newcastleton and District Community Trust (NDCT) marks an exciting future for this community in the south of Scotland. Greg Cuthbert, Chair of Newcastleton & District Community Council said: “We were probably reaching a crisis point in the…

From Derelict Land to Housing for the Homeless – Social Bite Village

From Derelict Land to Housing for the Homeless – Social Bite Village

Many homeless people are marginalised, living on the edges of society with significant social intervention needed to help them break out of the homelessness cycle. With a ‘housing first’ approach, the right support, and an opportunity to gain employment within a matter of months, many homeless people can once again become thriving, independent members of society….

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