Love Milton, Urban Spaces
The Prince's Trust
Young people from Glasgow, working on the five-week Get Started in Urban Spaces project, overcame a number of personal difficulties to redevelop an area of derelict land in Milton.
The young people on the Get Started in Urban Spaces project in Glasgow overcame their personal battles, ranging from unemployment and homelessness to substance abuse and educational underachievement, to re-develop an area of derelict land in Milton, North Glasgow into a community garden for the local residents.
Milton suffered from poor social planning in the post-war era and had few community amenities. The young people worked hard on a consultation exercise with local residents, taking time to understand varying points of view and breaking down intergenerational barriers.
A plan was drawn up and agreed which would give the derelict site a dual purpose of leisure space and an area for growing vegetables. Work began at the site and the young people prepared the ground for new fencing, built raised growing beds, installed decking and pathways, improved access to the site for vehicles and pedestrians and created a stable area for installation of containers and storage. The project has had a significant impact within the community.
Once waste land covered in graffiti, littered with broken bottles and a target area for dumping, the land now has a purpose and is being transformed into something the whole community can benefit from.
Local residents report an increased sense of community cohesion, particularly between the older and younger generations and the community is actively taking part in maintaining and improving the site. In addition to learning valuable new skills such as joinery, landscaping and gardening, the project helped the group develop their teamwork and communication skills, as well boosting confidence and motivation.
Working within a local area improved the groups’ understanding of volunteering and the importance of community work and many of the young people continue to volunteer at the project in Milton, giving something back and improving their employability skills.
We would like to acknowledge the individuals or organisations who have played a key role in helping these young people achieve success through their Prince’s Trust programme:
- Lee Ivett, Love Milton
- Derek Dunsire, Glasgow City Council
- Glasgow City Council