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Hogganfield Shelters for Lochside Learning

In 2021, Shelters for Lochside Learning saw local schools and residents work with Seven Lochs staff and artists Owen Clarke and Martin Campbell to upcycle three redundant shelters at Hogganfield Loch. The design of each shelter was inspired by a theme celebrating the importance of Scotland’s freshwaters to people and nature.

The project was led by Friends of Glasgow Local Nature Reserves and Seven Lochs Wetland Park in association with Platform and was supported by Nature Scotland Plunge In! Coasts and Waters Community Fund.

The Water Cycle by Sunnyside Primary

Sunnyside Primary, P6 Polar Explorers looked at the importance of the water cycle in supporting life, and the impact of climate change on the cycle. Pupils created sensory maps of the loch and their drawings inspired the waveforms that decorate interior of the shelter.

The Water’s Wildlife by Croftcroighn School

The Water’s Wildlife was the theme for Croftcroighn School’s shelter. Here the pupils are using found objects, such as feather and fronds, to make marks and patterns in clay tiles. Coloured casts of the tiles were then used by Owen and Martin to create concrete replicas which now decorate the shelter design.

A Community Space
Our final theme explored the many ways the loch has benefited local people Рpast and present. Local residents shared their memories of time spent at the loch and why it remains an important part of the community.