More than 20 Govanhill junior gardeners, aged 5 – 12, have seen their Community Centre garden take the runners-up spot in the fourth annual Evening Times Streets Ahead awards.
The Daisy Street Garden Club, who meet once a week to maintain their integral community garden, supported by Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Life, developed their inner city oasis to celebrate the rich diversity of the local area, bringing members of the community together to reap the benefits of healthy living.
Councillor Archie Graham, chair of Glasgow Life, said: “The Govanhill Community Garden is a great example of the fantastic work that happens across the city when communities come together to create a project that is both unique and worthwhile.
“It is wonderful to see young people working together on a positive initiative that will benefit the residents of the local area, and the people of Glasgow, and I would like to congratulate the whole team on achieving this nomination as recognition of their hard work at the very heart of their community.”
Chair of Govanhill Advisory Committee, Irene Gillies, added: “It’s a great achievement to be recognised for such a well-known award. The space we have built is so easily accessible and has brought the community together.”
Delivered as part of the Commonwealth Legacy and designed to provide a tranquil space away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the Govanhill Community Garden, opened in July 2014 thanks to funding from Glasgow City Council south east partnership, offers members of the local community the opportunity to relax and reflect in a safe, accessible outdoor space.
The innovative garden also houses an outdoor classroom, offering younger children the opportunity to participate in active storytelling as they explore the world around them, whilst adults engage in community learning initiatives in this peaceful setting. Future plans are in place to enable the garden to host outdoor concerts in collaboration with local partners.
The fourth annual Streets Ahead awards took place at the Winter Gardens on Friday, 12th June, as part of the Clean Glasgow initiative. Launched in 2011, in partnership with Clean Glasgow, Glasgow Housing Association, City Charitable Trust, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and ScotRail, the Evening Times Streets Ahead awards were set up to celebrate those who help Glasgow to be a cleaner, safer place, encouraging residents to take pride in their city.