PUPILS who designed their own park are bidding for funding to see their project come to life.

Youngsters at Springburn Academy hope to transform wasteland outside their school into a nice green space to relax in during their breaks and lunches.

Drawings have been made showing the layout of the outdoor seating area, which would include picnic tables, an arch with climbing plants, benches, a log seating square.

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It has been designed to be eco-friendly with a hedge planted around the edge. Wildflowers, trees and other flora will grow in the grounds.

Springburn Youth Forum (SYF) designed the outdoor space and school pupils were given a say in what they wanted from the project which was drawn up into official plans by architects.

Linda Hamilton, the headteacher of the school, said: “It has been a community effort but I have to say the pupils have been astonishing.

“The work they have done to drive this forward, in particular Emma Porter, the chair of the youth forum, is incredible.”

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SYF is bidding for funding from the Wee Green Grants pot, which funds eco-friendly projects throughout Glasgow.

There is £14,222 up for grabs for different initiatives in the city, including another bid by Elmvale Primary School, in association with Barnardo’s, for a “peace garden” in Springburn Park.

SYF is gunning for £4782 for their project. In their application, they said the seating area would be “an inviting space where people can come together, take a break from the busy day, and take a breath.

“The young people in our community will have a safe social space without being moved on and our older generations will have a safe space to sit, relax and enjoy the fresh air while socialising.”

The land is currently derelict and the area is lacking in good social spaces in which pupils and other members of the community can gather.

Ms Hamilton added that a community meeting identified a number of problems in the area and young people were unhappy about the amount of litter in the area and a lack of places in which to socialise.

A poll on the Wee Green Grants website will decide which projects get funding. You can vote online by March 16 here.