Tramway Arts Centre, East PollokshieldsJune 2003
The Hidden Gardens is Scotland’s first sanctuary garden dedicated to peace and stands as a permanent reminder that Glasgow and much of the UK were deeply opposed to the Iraq war and using state violence as a method of solving international conflicts.
The permanent garden has completely transformed an area of industrial wasteland, behind Tramway Arts Centre in East Pollokshields. The Hidden Gardens aims to be a place of inspiration and a respite from hectic urban life. The gardens were originally created by NVA through an innovative partnership involving Rolf Roscher and Chris Rankim from landscape architects City Design Co-operative.
Since opening on midsummer’s day, the Hidden Gardens have become a treasured part of Glasgow life hosting a wide variety of festivals and exhibited works. They have built a local office and resource space, The Boilerhouse, and have continued to run respected volunteering, food growing and cultural cookery programmes. To date they have won eight national awards for design, sustainability and community activism.