WORK was well underway to transform derelict sewage works in Barrhead into a community garden back in 2014.

The Glasgow Road industrial site was awarded £100,000 of Grow Wild funding, following a public vote, to revitalise the area through wild flower cultivation by young people.

And it became a national flagship project, led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with people being inspired to get together and help transform unloved urban spaces, gardens and windowsills by planting native wild flowers.

At the time, Gay Coley, director of public programmes for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, said: “The Water Works in Barrhead was selected as our Grow Wild Scottish flagship site last year and it is fantastic to see things starting to take shape on site.

“The project has provided an excellent opportunity for the local community to come together and engage with nature on their doorstep.

“This will allow people to discover the power of Scottish wild flowers by helping them to flourish and will bring life to unloved spaces, just like this space in Barrhead.”

The Barrhead project saw the Grow Wild team use derelict sewage tanks at the site as giant experimental planters.

As well as providing a home for native Scottish wild flowers to flourish, the work rejuvenated the area by playing on its industrial heritage and using old structures to improve the quality of the environment and give people the opportunity to enjoy plants.

Grow Wild was part of a £10.5million scheme to bring people together to sow and grow native wild flowers.