rhs Co-Design garden workshops


A series of facilitated workshops engaging young people in design processes; developing their skills, translating ideas and aspirations into a design that could built by the users.


HERE+NOW was appointed by the RHS to work with local charities (Barnardo’s and Youth Action Partnership) to develop a series of three community garden spaces. Using a co-design approach, we ran a design workshop at each location that invited stakeholders and future users to engage in a discussion and aspiration building session whilst building skills. After the workshop, we collated the conversations, ideas, findings and ambitions as an illustrated report culminating in an aspirations graphic for the community garden site.

Two of the sites are associated with Barnardo’s centres - Watling Lodge in Falkirk, and Grow in Glenburn, in Paisley - and the third site is linked with the Youth Action Partnership in Livingston. 

Each site is very different in scale, the potential uses, context, and the people who would be using the site. Together the three sites form a suite of projects that demonstrate what is possible by using design workshops to develop community growing spaces. They record three scenarios that can be translated into future projects, and this series of reports is intended to capture the processes so they can be adapted to a range of spaces and user groups.

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