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Local Green Network projects

Local Green Network projects aim to improve the quality of the local environment by enhancing open space, accessibility, natural features and biodiversity.

Paisley

Abbey Close

The Abbey Close project enhanced a popular section of riverside walkway in the historic heart of the town centre.  The walkway provides a route along the White Cart between Bridge Street and the Town Hall, linking Abbey Close and Paisley Abbey. 

The project involved resurfacing the walkway installing replacement benches and painting the historic lamp standards. Drainage was also improved to avoid flooding on the footpaths.

Paisley West End Improvements

Environmental improvements were undertaken at Cross Street, in the west end of the town. The project involved the replacement of concrete slabs with a more durable asphalt surface, installation of steps into the site from Argyle Street and the installation of benches. 

Gleniffer Braes Green Network Highland Cattle Project.

The Gleniffer Braes Green Network Highland Cattle project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Renfrewshire LEADER and Renfrewshire Council was to show the importance of cattle grazing on the Braes. Their grazing has a significant positive effect on the management of the grasslands of the Country Park.

The cattle have to be moved between the fields to ensure that the grass remains in good condition. If you are walking in the fields where there are cattle, give them a wide berth, avoid approaching, touching or feeding them. Keep your dog under close control, don't let it chase or worry the cows and please take your litter home.

Sutherland Street Allotments, Paisley

Residents in the West End of Paisley have been making good use of the temporary allotments set up on the gap site in Sutherland Street. The allotments were built as part of an initiative to cater for the increasing demand for growing spaces within Renfrewshire. Funding was provided by Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund.

Paisley West and Central Community Council provided growing boxes which are designed to be dismantled and moved to another temporary site as necessary.  By using sites which are temporarily vacant, good use can be made of otherwise unused land to encourage people to take exercise, eat healthily and socialise with the neighbours.

Should you wish to try your hand at vegetable growing and rent a plot then visit the Paisley West and Central Community Council website.

South Paisley Strategic Link

The South Paisley Strategic Link is a largely off road foot/cycle way which runs from Barrhead to The National Cycle Route 7 near Linwood Toll. Although cyclists have to use short sections of road there is now a connection to the national cycle network allowing people easier access to the national route. The route has been developed over a number of years, with each section being designed to work independently until the whole route was in place.

Renfrew

 

Glendee Pre- Fives Centre

The project involved the erection of a pavilion to serve as an all weather sheltered teaching area.  This enables outdoor lessons to take place in all weather. A set of picnic benches was installed to serve as an outdoor dining and working area.

To further complement the centre's activities a wildlife garden, a growing area was created.  This helps staff to build lessons around the natural world and growing food.  Habitat piles, nest boxes and a butterfly garden were included along with a sensory garden and boxes for growing vegetables.

Johnstone & Southern Villages

 

Auchenlodment's Mini Green Network Fitness Trail - Johnstone

An innovative project to encourage children to be outdoors and become more active is in place at Auchenlodment Primary School in Johnstone.

The project involved the installation of an octagonal pavilion with built-in seating to create an outdoor classroom. A mini fitness trail - with two climbing walls and ten separate pieces of apparatus - has been constructed next to the pavilion. The trail includes balance beams, wobbly bridges, timber stilts, springboards and step-over ladders.

This project was funded by the Central Scotland Green Network Development Fund, the National Lottery's Awards for All programme and Renfrewshire Council Johnstone and Villages Local Area Committee.

Semple Trail Heritage Project - Lochwinnoch

The Semple Trail Heritage Project is to enhance access, facilities and Heritage and Conservation attractions around the Castle Semple area.. 

Erskine & Northern Villages

 

Linwood Community Woodland Link Project 

This project involved improvements to the paths between the On-X leisure centre and Linwood Community Woodland. The paths were widened, sealed and levelled with drainage inserted. This project complements the improvements made recently to the community woodland by Forestry Commission Scotland.  

This project was funded jointly by Renfrewshire Council; sportscotland; Renfrewshire Leisure;  Houston, Crosslee, Linwood, Riverside and Erskine Local Area Committee; Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership; Glasgow Airport's FlightPath Fund and was supported by Linwood Active. 

Crosslee Park, Houston

A new path was constructed to link the entrance gates on Whirlie Road with the play area in the corner of the park, making it easier for people to access the park.  The entrance railings and gates to this park are also to be refurbished, enhancing the appearance of this well used local park.  This project has been made possible thanks to funding from Houston, Crosslee, Linwood, Riverside and Erskine Local Area Committee and Renfrewshire Council.

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