A stalled space brought to life

Bearsden Baptist Church. Opening of new community garden opening by long standing church member Godfrey Warren (far left).
Bearsden Baptist Church. Opening of new community garden opening by long standing church member Godfrey Warren (far left).

A blooming marvellous idea to breathe new life into under-used spaces in Bearsden has come to fruition.

The council has supported Bearsden Baptist Church - through the Stalled Spaces Scotland programme - to transform land into a reflection and sensory garden.

Bearsden Baptist Church. Opening of new community garden.

Bearsden Baptist Church. Opening of new community garden.

An open afternoon was held last Saturday (August 20) to celebrate the great work which has taken place and everyone enjoyed refreshments plus fun activities, including a woodland treasure hunt.

The council successfully bid for the area to be part of the Stalled Spaces Scotland - a Legacy 2014 programme inspired by Stalled Spaces Glasgow - securing £15,000, which is being match-funded by the authority.

Bearsden Baptist Church’s application for funding was successful to create a reflection and sensory garden, which will be open to the public and used by local schools for outdoor learning activities.

Councillor Alan Moir, convener of development and regeneration, said: “I’m sure the reflection and sensory garden will be a haven for people of all ages - providing an opportunity to take time out from the hustle-bustle of daily life, as well as affording learning opportunities to local schools and groups.

Bearsden Baptist Church. Opening of new community garden by Godfrey Warren (centre with children).

Bearsden Baptist Church. Opening of new community garden by Godfrey Warren (centre with children).

“I hope this project inspires other people and groups to apply for funding. The programme aims to empower people and groups to bring under-used spaces back into positive use for the benefit for the whole community.

“The grants will help to revitalise areas which were previously derelict or disused - giving the community a sense of ownership and boosting social regeneration.” For more information, visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk or www.ads.org.uk

Bearsden Baptist Church. Opening of new community garden.

Bearsden Baptist Church. Opening of new community garden.