Residents in the Belville area of Greenock campaigned and fought for years to prevent an area of derelict land they live near becoming an unwelcoming place and eyesore despite the stunning location with views across the Clyde. They formed an action group to source funding in order to transform the derelict area, previously congested with high flats to turn it into a community garden (http://www.understandingglasgow.com/resources/989_understanding_glasgow_film_series_sense_of_place).
The communities’ vision became a reality in 2014 when the garden was built and they formed a registered charity to ensure the area and activities were sustainable in the long term. Belville community garden is now a thriving and lively place with many local people visiting the area. Belville Community Garden coordinates local schools biodiversity and environmental projects including John Muir Awards, community arts and health projects as well as connecting similar third sector organisations across Inverclyde.