The Conservation Volunteers LogoThe Conservation Volunteers – Community Rewilding Project

TCV have received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership (GCVGNP) to deliver an exciting new Community Rewilding project in three areas of Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. A mapping exercise by GCVGNP identified three priority areas across Glasgow and the Clyde Valley where the project delivery will be focussed-

  • Greenock West: In this location we will seek to address underperforming greenspaces including Coves Local Nature Reserve which has great potential for delivering a wide range of community benefits and improving green network priorities. Improvements will be made by establishing a Green Gym group at the site and delivering volunteering days for groups such as schools, colleges and community groups.
  • Clydebank: This area has been selected due to the high level of opportunity to deliver biodiversity enhancements in existing underperforming spaces such as Faifley Knowes. There is already a well connected green network in the area so practical work will focus on improving these spaces for people and wildlife.
  • Yoker: This location has been identified as having a limited network of large greenspaces however there are lots of small pockets of greenspaces. Engagement will focus on small scale improvements that people can incorporate into their gardens to improve them for wildlife. Practical rewilding work will focus on improving smaller greenspaces such as community gardens, school grounds and small pockets of vacant and derelict land.

About the project

The project will use the idea of rewilding to connect more people in these areas to their local greenspaces. Rewilding often refers to large scale restoration of natural processes – but in an urban setting it will involve a range of practical work to make the areas greener, healthier places for people and wildlife. Working with community members, TCV will help to ‘rewild’ areas. This could involve planting trees or sowing wildflowers in existing greenspaces or greening derelict land. Projects could also be carried out to improve school grounds for wildlife, or to develop gardens in care homes or hospitals. Some initial sites and improvement works have been identified but the project will adapt to the needs and wants of the communities engaged in the project. It is hoped that new opportunities and ideas will emerge as the project develops during 2017

As well as making physical improvements, the Community Rewilding project will help local people to connect more closely to their local greenspaces by delivering a range of public events and engagement sessions for groups across the three areas. These will include bioblitz events, nature play sessions for children and citizen science activities, but, again, will be flexible and depend on the needs and interests of the communities involved. By providing training and skills development opportunities we will create greater opportunities for local communities to develop new and better greenspaces which they can enjoy with confidence. There will be a range of training and events offered to local people as well as practical volunteering opportunities. The whole project will be documented in a short film created using footage of events and activities recorded by school groups in the three areas.

For any more information about the project or to get involved please contact Rebecca Strofton on r.strofton@tcv.org.uk or 0141 552 5294 / 07739 447964

You can also find out about local activities by visiting The Conservation Volunteers website

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