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oasis of calm amidst city
bustle, a place to unwind

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gathering places where people come
together for events and activities

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productive places that nourish
and sustain communities and individuals

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inviting places which
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natural grounds for lifelong learning

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communities to come together

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play spaces

safe places where children
can adventure and explore

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purposeless spaces

it could be more than
a boring green desert

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stalled spaces

meanwhile greenspaces instead
of derelict eyesores?

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wild spaces

informal places that welcome
nature back to our cities

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attractive places where
people want to live and work

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your space

the greenspace on your doorstep
how will you get involved?

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wasted spaces

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a play space ...

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The Claypits is located next to the Forth and Clyde Canal close to the communities of Possilpark, Hamiltonhill, Ruchill, Firhill and Woodside in the North of Glasgow.

The local community has been working to improve the area and to have the Claypits recognised both as a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and as a key part of local regeneration activity. We worked with the Friends of Possilpark Greenspace (FoPG) in 2011 to carry out a Community Placemaking evaluation and to develop an action plan for the Claypits. More

Using this action plan as a starting point, FoPG has greatly improved the accessibility and quality of the site; raised its public profile (through events and activities on the site) and been successful in gaining LNR status. The group has also been part of the wider regeneration planning process in the area and used knowledge and experience gained from the Placemaking process to inform the Woodside, Firhill & Hamiltonhill Charrette in 2015. More

Both the Community Placemaking and the Charrette identified the potential of using public and community art to celebrate local identity and to raise the profile of the area and its assets (including the Claypits). The Charrette successfully used an Arts Outreach approach to increase participation from local people.

We have been successful in an application to the Scottish Government’s Activating Ideas Fund, which is designed to allow local partners to pick up ideas and recommendations from placemaking (particularly charrettes) and to move them into practice. Our project: ‘Arts Connections - Canal, Claypits and beyond’ will facilitate the development of a community led arts strategy for the area.

We are working in partnership with FoPG and will work with local artists to deliver a series of community art ‘roadshows’ to engage local people in the discussions and to begin to explore ideas. We will then use the Community Placemaking approach to bring people together to develop proposals; produce a community-led strategy and begin to agree an action framework to deliver the proposals.

Read the Scottish Government news release here