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Former Barrhead sewage works is now wild flower site

Local children at the opening of Barrhead's Water Works Image copyright Grow Wild
Image caption The site in Barrhead has been transformed into a community green space

A former sewage works site in East Renfrewshire has been transformed into a haven for wild flowers.

The site in Barrhead, known as the Water Works, will also be a park and garden for local people.

It is the main Scottish site for the Grow Wild initiative, which encourages people to sow UK native wild flowers.

Hundreds of volunteers transformed the site by removing rubbish, spreading 500 tonnes of soil, planting 16,000 wild flowers and laying 350m of path.

The development of the site was supported by £120,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and assistance from East Renfrewshire Council.

Claire Bennett, Grow Wild Scotland partnerships manager, said: "So many people have worked incredibly hard in all weathers to turn this former sewage works into a useable and useful space for the community.

'Beautiful spaces'

"Grow Wild aims to encourage people to make best use of their green spaces by sowing and growing wild flowers and sharing their results with friends, family and their wider community.

"The rewards of being active outside to create beautiful wild flower spaces are really worth shouting about."

The UK-wide Grow Wild campaign, which is led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, aims to encourage development of new green spaces.

Almost 20 000 people cast their vote last year to select Barrhead as the main Scottish location and the first to be developed in the UK.

Voting will commence later this year for the Grow Wild English flagship site.

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