Pacific Garden cuts crime

18 Jun 2009

By Daniel Bach, Evening News

A regeneration project has proved a major success in turning round anti-social behaviour in a Glasgow community.

Now local residents and the project's organisers have celebrated the anniversary of its opening.

The Pacific Garden, in Govan, celebrated its first birthday with the help of MSP Nicola Sturgeon, who officially opened the community garden last year.

The £300,000 development was undertaken to regenerate a disused sports area near Carmichael Street which had been plagued in the past with anti-social behaviour, graffiti, drinking and fly tipping.

Strathclyde Police figures from the last three months show a 46% reduction in disorder offences by young people in the Pacific Garden area compared with last year.

Alice Connelly, Chairperson of the Friends of Pacific Garden, said: "The community is absolutely delighted with the new garden. For years the area had been blighted by anti-social behaviour and this was having a negative impact on our everyday lives. The garden is tremendous and it's great to see young and old enjoying it together - it has really transformed the street into a hub for the local community.

"We've run a great deal of successful events there over the last year and I'm looking forward to the coming year to see how the garden grows.

"Three years ago we visited communities for inspiration and advice, now we are pleased to provide encouragement to others."

The garden party, attended by local residents, community groups and suppliers involved in the creation of the gardens, was a lively affair, with stilt walkers, balloon artists, fire eaters, face painters, and a South American band all on hand to entertain guests. A special birthday cake and refreshments were also laid on to give the park a proper party.

Alison Sinclair, Chief Executive of the Glasgow South West Regeneration Agency, said: "Pacific Garden is a real success story for Govan. It is fantastic to see what was once a disused space be transformed into a lovely garden that brings the community together. It has allowed us to get to the heart of the community and build lasting relationships with everyone involved."

reproduced with permission of Daniel Bach

  • Pacific Garden behind Film City in Govan