Friends of Possilpark Greenspace - Glasgow
Friends of Possilpark Greenspace is a group of local residents who are concerned to raise the standard of their local environment. The group aims to tackle the blight that is vacant and derelict sites around the Possilpark and Hamiltonhill area. This is achieved through environmental improvements and by organising various activities and community celebration events to bring these sites back into positive use.
A number of sites, both small and large, are currently being developed with the help of local residents of all ages. The ¼ acre gap site, Brother’s Path (see pictures), has been transformed from a long-derelict piece of wasteland into a pleasant walkway surrounded by wildflowers and art installations.
A larger-scale project is the 25 acre site, Hamiltonhill Claypits which is about to be designated as a Local Nature Reserve – the only central city LNR within Glasgow which will become a real legacy project for the local community.
The group works closely with other local community organisations and, in 2013, formed a partnership called Do a Little, Change a Lot. This shared service supports volunteering across the four local organisations which are based within St. Matthew’s Centre, namely; Depot Arts, Concrete Garden, Friends of Possilpark Greenspace and St. Matthew’s. It effectively means that volunteers are able to access any opportunity giving them a far larger variety of experiences to choose from.
The work of the group contributes to the social fabric of the area, enabling people to take part in fun activities, provide quality spaces where people can simply enjoy the abundant wildlife, walks in peaceful surroundings and wonderful views.