Springburn Winter Gardens Trust (SWGT) primary purpose is to save the A Listed Winter Gardens putting it back in to the community for the benefit of local people.

The Trust was formally established in July 2014 as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) to protect and celebrate the area’s heritage infrastructure past, present and future.

Image: Bespoke Atelier ‘new routes’ design with Elmvale Primary, copyright Alan McAteer.

The Trust works in partnership with community groups and national organisations to roll out a broad range of community activity, some of which is listed below:

  • creation of an online People’s Archive
  • establishing new routes, a creative walkway for pupils at Elmvale Primary to Springburn Park
  • publishing the first children’s heritage-based walking leaflet about Springburn Park
  • hosting the first year long Glasgow City Coucil Artist in Residence programme for Ward 17 with artist, Mandy McIntosh
  • supporting local youth group, Your Space, to evolve their outdoor and creative activities as part of Year of Young People 2018
  • rolling out a major events programme for Go Live at Glasgow Green 2018 focused on the city’s green spaces, growing and our relationship with nature
  • supporting work to save and celebrate local statues and artworks

Image: rockery area at Springburn Park some decades ago

The Architectural Heritage Fund, Glasgow City Heritage Trust and Glasgow City Council have financially supported the Trust with significant grant funds to keep the structure standing and to enable us to work on securing its future.

The Trust is now embarking on an exciting and ambitious programme to create a ‘living ruin and urban Croft’ providing community space for leisure, learning and play.

Image: inside the derelict structure of the Winter Gardens