Trees, Trellis and Training

Neglected areas within Port Glasgow are getting a new lease of life thanks to the Inverclyde Green Team. The project was developed in partnership with River Clyde Homes, Inverclyde Community Development Trust (ICDT) and In-Works and is now in its second year.

Since the establishment of the project in 2010, 50 unemployed residents of Greenock and Port Glasgow have gained training in environmental and construction work, bringing life and colour back to some of the most deprived and neglected areas within Greenock.

The most recent phase of the project is on-going on three challenging sites, which have provided unique training opportunities to the project participants.

Heather, Rowan & Thistle Courts, Port Glasgow

The environments around these high-rise flats, which are home to predominantly elderly tenants, have been improved by ICDT, through footpath enhancements to repair and replace existing paving flags, install a ramp, repaint all metalwork and the creation of new planting beds

Woodhall Park, Port Glasgow

Once an overgrown, neglected park, this area has seen a transformation over the last 18 months alongside RCH’s new build programme. In-Works have been undertaking planting works on challenging site conditions and have created avenue tree planting along the two main footpaths, together with over 1,500 whips planted across the site.

Community Links Scotland are also working as part of the Woodhall Park Regeneration Group and have secured one of the first Big Lottery’s Community Spaces Grants towards the creation of entrance features and outdoor environmental education spaces.

Monkton Place, Port Glasgow

The grounds of this sheltered housing complex are being improved through new fencing works to the perimeter to reduce local residents using the grounds as a short cut, creation of a feature seating area that will incorporate raised planters, seating, pergola and sensory planting, together with new planting across the site.

The residents have been engaged in a number of consultation exercises and have chosen the new featured tree planting that is going around the seating area. It is anticipated the works will be completed by April 2012.

 

Inverclyde Community Development Trust (ICDT) is a local community training provider

In-Works provide training, support and skills development to people of all ages throughout the Inverclyde area, suffering from mental ill health.

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