Stalled Spaces grant for new garden at Bearsden Baptist Church

New sensory garden at Bearsden Baptist Church.

New sensory garden at Bearsden Baptist Church.

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

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

An open afternoon is going to be held tommorrow Saturday, August 20 from 2pm-5pm to celebrate the great work which has taken place. Everyone who went along enjoyed refreshments plus fun activities, including a woodland treasure hunt.

It is hoped the garden will inspire other community groups to follow suit.

East Dunbartonshire Council was one of seven authorities awarded funding to deliver Stalled Spaces Scotland - a Legacy 2014 programme inspired by Stalled Spaces Glasgow, supported by Architect and Design Scotland (A&DS) and the Scottish Government.

The council successfully bid for the area to be part of the programme - securing £15,000, which is being match-funded by the authority.

Small grants have been made available to encourage the temporary use of stalled development sites, under-used green spaces, and vacant and derelict land in East Dunbartonshire.

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 am sure the reflection and sensory garden will be a haven for people of all ages - providing people with the opportunity to take time out from the hustle-bustle of daily life, as well as affording learning opportunities to local schools and groups.

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

“The Stalled Spaces Scotland Programme aims to empower people and groups to bring under-used spaces back into positive use for thebenefit for the whole community.

“The small 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