Christopher Palmer Associates were commissioned in 2010 by Annexe Communities to develop a community vegetable garden on an area of derelict ground within the backcourt of 4 storey tenement housing off Brechin Street in the heart of Anderston, Glasgow. This has become known at the Back Garden project.
We worked with full time development worker Sandra MacDowall who has negotiated a 15-year occupancy agreement for the site with GWHA. Ownership and administration of the garden has now been handed over to the local community.
Our role involved site survey, garden design layout and detailing including surface materials, raised timber planters, 20 foot polytunnel, recycled plastic bottle greenhouse, composting facilities, potting and tool shed. We worked with T J Ross quantity surveyors in drawing up a schedule of works and monitored the works on site by landscape contractor Alex Butter Landscapes Ltd.
The garden is directly overlooked by 120 homes and has been instrumental in bringing the local community together with new friendships forged. There are 20 members of the G3 Growers Group and over 100 volunteers. The group runs workshops in healthy cookery, composting, energy efficiency and runs regular open days.
The project was delivered on time and under budget.
The garden was officially opened on 26th June 2011
Annexe Communities is a leading charity and community enterprise with over 12 years experience in delivering highly successful health and well being initiatives to the socially disadvantaged in west Central Glasgow. It supports people with poor mental and physical health, the elderly and isolated, careers and their families; and local organisations who need help to expand.
Client: Annexe Communities
Quantity Surveyor: T. J. Ross
Landscape Contractor: Alex Butter Landscaping Ltd
Funding: Climate Challenge Fund, Partick Housing Association & Housing Regeneration Fund.