Stretching behind the main warehouse complex, we’ve transformed a once-derelict triangle of land into a thriving green space.
Situated behind the main SWG3 warehouse building, in consultation with neighbours, resident artists, staff and the wider local community, 3,200m² of wasteland has been redesigned into a thriving green space. After being registered as derelict by Glasgow City Council for over a decade, the land has been completely remodelled into a truly shared space for the community to grow, plant, play and create.
A green oasis in the heart of the city, it's a space where everybody from local residents to tourists and bands with their touring parties can socialise, relax and connect with nature - every Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am till 5pm, until November when it will close for the winter.
A space for everyone
Designed in collaboration with Propagate, the Garden's development was led by horticultural and design expert Jeremy Needham. Since The New York Times’ Climate Hub, hosted at the venue during COP26, Jeremy has been lovingly looking after a miniature forest of indigenous plants and trees, donated by the global institution following a powerful installation in SWG3’s Galvanizers space by artist Es Devlin.
A spacious outdoor terrace has also been built, stretching out beneath the Warehouse windows and featuring a sculpture designed by award-winning Scottish artist Jaqueline Donachie. Titled STEP, the artwork has been installed on the terrace as modular seating units. Initially created for Glasgow International 2021 it explores the relationship between built environments and the different types of bodies accessing them.
A vision for the future
As well as addressing a known demand for public greenspace and growing space in the area, the garden is a key part in SWG3’s vision for the future, which includes the site going completely net-zero.
The garden project has been made possible thanks to £511,037 of generous funding from a combination of funders including the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund, the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund and VKR Foundation.