This multi award winning project has is led by Cassiltoun Housing Association. Castlemilk Park is owned by Glasgow City Council and was once part of the designed landscape and pleasure grounds of the now demolished Castlemilk House. Since 2009 Cassiltoun Housing Association, along with the other Castlemilk Park Steering Group members (Glasgow City Council, Jeely Piece Playzone, Glasgow Housing Association and Forestry Commission Scotland) have helped to transform the park from a perceived no-go area into a much loved community asset.
The park’s mission statement is that “Castlemilk Park becomes a local resource that bring significant environmental, community and economic benefits to Castlemilk”
This project helps delivers towards our health, employability, community engagement and early intervention targets. In May 2011 Cassiltoun employed a community woodland officer, who has delivered over 900 free events or activities in and around the woods of Castlemilk Park. In 2012 we secured funding to delivery ‘Paths to Employment’ our 8 week long employability project.
Today we continue to led the Castlemilk Park Project, working in partnership with steering group members and other organisations to enhance the physical environment and maximise opportunities to improve the quality of people lives.
2016 – Constituted Friends of group for Castlemilk Park Established
2016 – 100th person completed our ‘Paths to employment’ employability project
2016 – ‘Treemendous’ the first exhibition by our photo walking group
2015 – Castlemilk Park’s 1st Pumpkin Festival
2015 – Exhibition in the Community Space at Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
2014 – Chapter House Theatre Company performs ‘A mid-summer nights dream’
2013 – Forest Kindergarten starts in the woods of Castlemilk Park
2012 - Funding secured to start our Paths to employment’ employability project
2012 – ‘Branching Out’ starts in Castlemilk Park - an innovative mental health programme is delivered in partnership with Forestry Commission Scotland.
2011 - Community woodland officer employed (part-funded by Forestry Commission Scotland)
2010 – Feasibility study for Castlemilk Park
2009 – Castlemilk Park Project initiated by Cassiltoun Housing Association
2016 – Best Practice in Developing Communities Award at the Tenant Participation Advisory Scotland’s
2016 – Horticulture Week Custodian Awards for the Best Amenity Woodland / Forest Initiative.
2016 – How old are Yew? Group (Castlemilk Park’s local history group) commended at the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards
2015 – Scotland's Finest Wood Awards in the Community Woods section for promoting heathy lifestyles.
2015 – Finalist in Evening Times Streets Ahead Awards in the ‘Green Glasgow Business Award’
2013 – Finalist in Green Awards for 'Best Community Initiative'
2013 – Highly Commended in Scotland Finest Woods Award in the Community Woods Award
2012 - Finalist in Green Awards for 'Best Community Initiative'