12 tasks undertaken by Andrew McAvoy , Holly McAvoy + Julia Bauer. Between 23d March 2020 + 13th July 2020.
No one else was able to enter.
We began with a space in chaos that had been created by a very badly managed Volunteer Programme. CLARIFICATIONS Everything that was used in this work was sourced Sustainably and mostly from skips and local Tenement refurb cast offs. The Conservatory space was made from Second hand windows donated by Mary Hill Housing Association. We completed a Conservatory / Green house and created a tool store/ library of tools for localised borrowing. We created - Ponds , decks, climbing Frames, raised, growing beds, garden structures, Ecology zones and protected planting. . We designed and ordered ancillary structures such as Poly Tunnels, + an open sided Marquee which were not erected due to Covid. All Georgian bricks, doors, tiles and floor boards were carefully removed from the home of Mrs Harriet Maclaren ( Mrs Mac) resident of Pollokshields, who passed away in 2018 In homage to her generosity of spirit - a pair of decorative panels made from her Kitchen doors were made bespoke for the breakfast bar... In her words .. " whats wrong with people - Nothing must be wasted "
WITH a forecast end of Project by end of the year , the wok was undertaken to allow for temporary use od a piece of Abandoned Neglected + Detrimental land, which was offered for community use on a very short lease.
All of Andrew + Hollys work shown below was voluntary and made possible by time provided whilst Furloughed from a separate academic - Social Research Project. - Aspiring Communities.
THE VOLUNTEER WORK WAS NON TRANSACTIONAL.
There was an abrupt change in The Management and our contribution was not merited or understood. We cordoned off the Building Site area, issued a Health + Safety list to the new General Manager + new Chair.
Exhausted we spent a month recovering,
Since then ::
We think we saw STIG of THE DUMP .. and his awful mess ... in East Pollokshields + Sadly in September 2020 some of the careful work undertaken with Mrs Mac's gift of material was vandalised including the decorative panels made from local tenement Kitchen Doors and locks.. + Further damage to the gazebo was caused by someone intent in making their own disproportionate Mark. SO :_ Our voluntary contribution was withdrawn.
OFFERING AS PART OF THIS COMMUNITY We left the place much much better than it was for an intended Local Management Committee. to run till end of 2020, having struggled at every turn to upkeep basic Health + safety on a much demanded Project space allowing for participation.
Participation that commonly raised Health and Safety issues. In 3 years we turned it from nothing into a potential facility..
For full er details of that see the Mark Makers section of this site.
We wish the project well ,but are very glad to have shed the responsibility.