Five inspiring stories from Stalled Spaces Scotland

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We’ve pulled together five inspiring stories from the Stalled Spaces Scotland Project to show how small projects make a big impact on local communities across the country.

Off Grid Kids – East Renfrewshire

Off Grid Kids was awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding by East Renfrewshire Council to deliver a series of taster sessions at their site, a small area of woodland in Clarkston. These sessions enabled children to try some of the activities the organisation offers as after school provision to four primary schools and forest school clubs.

Restoring a natural playscape – East Dunbartonshire

Milngavie Community Council was awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding by East Dunbartonshire Council to work with volunteers on the restoration of a natural playscape. The area is at the back of Milngavie Library and Community Education Centre and dates from the 1970s.

Forfar in Flower – Angus 

Forfar in Flower was awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding by Angus Council to install a series of planters on a vacant, former industrial site. A group from Forfar identified and took on neglected areas within the town, and worked in partnership with local people and businesses to transform the vacant areas.

Creating a temporary garden in Oban, Argyll and Bute

Oban Communities Trust 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 was linked to a larger campaign to open a community venue in Oban known as The Rockfield Centre.

Working together to tell the town’s story – Renfrewshire 

Renfrew Development Trust was awarded Stalled Spaces Scotland funding by Renfrewshire Council to deliver a multi-generational engagement project, working with local students and older residents to produce a public exhibition on the history of the town to be displayed on the side of an unused building.

What is Stalled Spaces Scotland?

Stalled Spaces Scotland was a national programme commissioned by the Scottish Government and managed by Architecture and Design Scotland (A&DS) to encourage and support communities to bring stalled spaces or derelict and vacant land back into temporary use.

(updated October 2018)

Stalled Spaces Scotland

Stalled Spaces Scotland aims to encourage and support communities to bring stalled spaces or derelict and vacant land back into temporary use.

SERVICE: Town Centre Living Advice

A&DS is developing a design advice service on town centre living, initially looking at town centres as Caring Places for older people.

OUR WORK: Empowering Communities

A&DS supports communities, providing advice and support and we promote the benefits of community engagement and share examples of good work.

Making Places

Making Places: This project is about community empowerment and capacity building through community events and workshops.

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