Case Study: The Rockfield Centre Community Garden – Oban Communities Trust – Stalled Spaces Scotland

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Oban Communities Trust (OCT) was awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding by Argyll & Bute Council to create a temporary garden and seating in the centre of the town. This project linked to a larger campaign to open a community venue in Oban known as The Rockfield Centre.

Originally written in  2017 to document the community engagement work and funding from Stalled Spaces Scotland, the full case study is available for download.


The community-owned organisation purchased The Rockfield Centre in May 2015.  The site then consisted of two huts, a car park and a large former primary school building. But the communities plans stretched beyond its original purpose. Being at the heart of a creative community was the overall vision; providing a cultural hub which doesn’t currently exist in Oban. When OCT purchased the site, the huts were boarded up, the garden areas were overgrown and the main building was in serious danger by dry rot. The garden and seating funded by Stalled Spaces helped to highlight, to the local community, work already carried out by the trust to reopen the disused 1950s huts by making the exterior look more attractive, and providing an area people could use and enjoy.

The Rockfield Centre Garden
Community Garden at The Rockfield Centre


‘The timing of this project was just perfect: we’d just got the keys and we wanted to do something with the outside, so I think that was probably why we went for Stalled Spaces funding.’

Eleanor MacKinnon, Oban Communities Trust

Further Information

Case Study Stalled Spaces: Renfrew Development Trust Multi-generational Exhibition

Stalled Sties Scotland Project

Glasgow City Council Presentation from Stalled Spaces Scotland Surgeries

Glasgow City Council Stalled Spaces Information

CSGN Stalled Spaces Glasgow Case Study

STP Stalled Spaces Case Study

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