Completed project

Avenue End Road Greenspace Enhancement

Transforming an area of vacant and derelict land into a community asset and a richer habitat for wildlife.

Client and funding

Client: Glasgow City Council

We were commissioned by Glasgow City Council to deliver this project from initial concept to delivery. Working closely with the Council, the Seven Lochs Project, and with active participation from the local community, we delivered a range of greenspace improvements that provide a sense of place and greater amenity to the area, while helping biodiversity and climate adaptation.

Funding was secured through the Scottish Government’s Vacant and Derelict Land Investment Programme (VDLIP), alongside funding from Glasgow City Council’s Innovative Greening Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund via the Seven Lochs Project.

Total Project Spend: £535,000

What was achieved

environmental outcomes

The project delivered multiple outcomes, across these key areas:


Greenspace Enhancement

Through new tree, orchard and shrub planting, new access paths, seating and an outdoor learning area.


Vacant & Derelict Land

Registered as VDL for over 30 years, the site has been transformed into an asset for the community and wildlife.


Habitat & Biodiversity

New native woodland, wetland and meadow habitats and management of existing water vole habitat.

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Green Active Travel

New path links connect the neighbouring schools and communities and enhance recreation potential.

About the project

This 3.6 hectare site had been on the Scottish Vacant and Derelict Land Register for over 30 years and is in an area of severe multiple deprivation and disadvantage. It is a strategic site in the CSGN as it provides important north-south habitat and access connectivity from the heavily urbanised M8 corridor to the Seven Lochs Wetland Park.

Community consultations and site audits highlighted that, although the site was valued for dog walking and to access services and amenities, many people felt it was unusable, unattractive and had limited recreational and educational benefits. Over half of residents live in rented accommodation without their own garden, so greenspaces like this are vitally important for the health and wellbeing of the people living and working in the area.

Although there was little on the site to build on, the relatively blank canvas provided scope to deliver deliver multiple benefits to the local community, while addressing several national and CSGN priorities e.g., climate adaptation and mitigation, addressing biodiversity loss, and improving health, wellbeing and placemaking.

How we delivered at Avenue End Rd



Throughout the development and delivery of the project, Green Action Trust have demonstrated excellent project management skills, clear communication with partners and stakeholders, and thorough contract management. As a result we will continue to work with them on similar projects in future.

Scott Ferguson

Seven Lochs Project Coordinator, Glasgow City Council

Providing a bespoke solution

how water voles played their part

This project was not without its challenges. There was no evidence of water voles inhabiting the site back in 2018 but water voles colonised the middle section during the concept design stage. The presence of this protected species posed a problem for our design team as this area was earmarked for a new tarred path.

We worked with NatureScot to develop a methodology that would enable the construction of the active travel route while protecting the water voles and their habitat. The path was re-aligned to avoid much of the water vole habitat and the specification adapted, building it up and laying geotextile to protect burrows, rather than excavating down. As a result, disturbance was minimal and temporary, and fully compliant with the Protected Species Licence.

The innovative approach used on this project, to establish public access through an urban water vole habitat, has provided valuable insights for future projects in the region.

Before & after

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Low amenity & biodiversity value

Design Stage

Layout & features

Existing habitat

Protecting water voles

New habitat

Wetland & woodland


The end result