The 'Sunshine' Project


A human sundial, free boulders and a dynamic planting scheme brought colour and interest to an award winning housing development in Oban.

In 2006 West Highland Housing Association received a Green Energy Award for the biomass heating system serving their new housing development in Glenshellach. Despite being an award winning development, WHHA were aware that local people were not entirely happy with their local area. Community Links Scotland facilitated a marquee based consultation event in the local streets at which local people expressed a desire to see more colour and interest in the bland landscape of their new development. In order to address this, CLS's in-house design team then secured funding for an employability focussed landscape project for the area, incorporating the local preferences expressed in the answers to a Sunshine Questionnaire which had been sent out to all residents.

Community Links Scotland's involvement in Glenshellach continued, with project management of the implementation phase, the work for which was done by Argyll and Bute Employability Team with support from the local quarry who supplied tons of free boulders and also from Govan-based Gal Gael who carved patterns on the sundial stones based on drawings done by local children.