Groundlinks Brighten up Methlan Park

Not many people know this but Community Links Scotland have two qualified landscape architects in house (Groundlinks) who, whilst project managing many of our non land based projects, also assist client housing associations and community groups with design and specifications on a range of environmental projects.

In spring 2010 CLS were commissioned to carry out landscaping services for Loretto Housing Association in connection with their new build development at Methlan Park in Dumbarton. The development provided mainstream housing for older people including some people who had lived on the site previously in outdated accommodation. Landscape staff at CLS consulted with some of the former residents over a cup of tea and biscuits, to find out what kind of flowers they would like to see in the garden and what kind of feel they would like this communal area to have.


The final layout took into account their opinions together with the Planning Department’s requirement to respect the wooded setting of the development and the formality of the nearby Victorian villa. The result was a simple, formal layout which included two intimate courtyard areas bounded by raised planters, a cherry tree lined central area and some additional big tree planting in wider the grounds. The choice of planting focused on strong scents, lots of colour and bold trellis planting at gable ends including honeysuckles and climbing hydrangea.

Our services included not only design but also supervision of the implementation stage and despite this stage spanning a period of drought in April 2011, everyone was pleased with the results. Following the opening of the development, the client reported  that “the planting looked great and really complemented the housing. Everyone commented on how lovely the landscaping was, so well done!”

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