Community Rewilding

Working with communities in Greenock, Yoker and Clydebank to improve the quality and usability of local greenspaces

Grantee: The Conservation Volunteers

What we set out to achieve

The TCV Community Rewilding project will work with communities in Greenock, Yoker and Clydebank to improve the quality and usability of local greenspaces. This project will help people to learn about and appreciate greenspace, be involved in developing ideas for improvements and also practically involve individuals and communities in making these improvements. We will deliver a range of events and opportunities to stimulate interest in the potential of ‘rewilded’ local greenspaces, providing increased opportunities to experience and value nature.  Events will focus on providing opportunities and building the confidence of individuals and communities to use these greenspaces. The events will also create opportunities to improve the amenity of those spaces, improving multiple community greenspaces through practical volunteering sessions, for example to improve paths and plant trees and wildflowers.

Where did the idea come from?

The idea of rewilding has become better known in recent years, however, most rewilding projects in Scotland are large landscape-scale projects and often in remote areas of the Highlands. The idea for the Community Rewilding project came about as a way of bringing the excitement and benefits of rewilding to urban populations in Scotland’s Central Belt. As well as bringing innovative ideas and activities rewilding in urban communities has the potential to bring about many benefits for people and the environment.

How communities have helped us develop our ideas

Pilot project activities have already been delivered in the three areas and have demonstrated considerable interest from groups and individuals. Feedback from events and consultations has helped us to develop the Community Rewilding idea into a project that will meet the needs of the communities in the three project areas and address local issues and concerns. We will continue to consult with the communities to ensure that local needs are identified and addressed throughout the project.

How our project fits into the bigger picture

TCV have been working closely with the Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership who are responsible for the strategic management of green infrastructure in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. Their work forms part of the Scottish Government’s vision that ‘By 2050, Central Scotland has been transformed into a place where the environment adds value to the economy and where people’s lives are enriched by its quality.’ The Community Rewilding project will make the most of the large amount of strategic work that has already been carried out to deliver tangible benefits to people living in the three communities engaged in the project that will have a real impact on improving their quality of life.

Where would we like our project to lead us

In the longer term, the areas focused on by this project are just three from fourteen target areas identified by GCVGNT.  We would like to see this project as developing a model and knowledge towards a wider network of Rewilded Urban spaces across all the fourteen areas.

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