Canal boost … Glasgow scoops £340,000 to reconnect people with historic waterway

By Ian Marland at

A city project to revitalise Glasgow’s historic inner city canal has won the lottery.

The Glasgow Canals Project has been awarded £340,100 in the National Lottery’s ground-breaking Great Place scheme.

The cash will help sustain and grow events such as the Glasgow Canal Festival.

Glasgow Canal Festival

Location: The Applecross Basin is one of the features of Glasgow’s canal

The project aims to engage young people in trades and voluntary projects linked to the canal economy.

The communities of Maryhill, Firhill, Woodside and Possil are among those set to benefit.

Councillor Kenny McLean is city convener for neighbourhoods, housing and public realm at Glasgow City Council.

He said: “Glasgow’s canal – once a key part of the city’s economic and social life – has until recent years been a forgotten treasure.

“We have been working with partner organisations in bodies as diverse as the creative, sport and housing sectors to regenerate the banks of the canal.

“This welcome funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help continue the renaissance of a fantastic asset for Glasgow.

“We can look forward in future years to the full flowering of what will be one of our Great Places.”

Glasgow and canal

Oasis: the Firhill Basin is a tranquil haven in the city. Credit: Google

The big city plan is to bring back activities and tap in to the heritage of the canal that runs to the west and north of the city centre.

Key partners in the project include Glasgow City Council, Scottish Canals, Pinkston Watersports and Central Scotland Green Network (among others).

The canal project is one of nine special places in Scotland celebrating a lottery injection of £2.4million.

Lucy Casot, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “You can’t imagine Paisley without its pattern or Dunfermline without its Abbey.

“Heritage and culture gives a place a unique identity and makes it special for the people that live there.

“It’s the roots if you like.

“This scheme will show how building on those roots can have a hugely positive impact on local economies in terms of health, employment and education, as well as well as instilling community cohesion and pride.

“Thanks to players of the National Lottery, we are enabling a step-change in thinking, encouraging local leaders to come together and recognise that heritage is a driving force for change.”