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Auchencairn garden wins inaugural Carnegie prize

Auchencairn Garden Image copyright Carnegie UK Trust
Image caption The Auchencairn link park has transformed a patch of wasteland in the village.

A community garden planted on a patch of wasteland in a Dumfries and Galloway village has won a major new award.

The Auchencairn link park has been named the overall winner of the first Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing.

It celebrates projects where local communities have played a leading role in improving public spaces.

In Auchencairn, local people have created a recreational wildlife garden and a safe place for children to play.

Phoebe Marshall, who helped develop the park, said they were delighted with the recognition for their work.

Ms Marshall added: "Throughout, this project has been about people, and whilst community workshops and work parties are not always the simplest way to create a garden, it is an approach which creates great experiences, knowledge, new friendships and a beautiful space that will be used by the whole village for a range of activities.

She added: ''The project has really brought the community together and we are immensely proud of the energy and enthusiasm local people have given to transform Auchencairn link park from a disused field into the lovely garden that it is today''.

The prize was awarded by the Carnegie UK Trust, in partnership with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Society of Ulster Architects.

Martyn Evans, chief executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, said: "There is a clear link between the quality of our local environment and our wellbeing.

"Our intention with the Carnegie Prize for design and wellbeing was to shine a spotlight on the important role that well-designed, community-led, public spaces can play in supporting good mental and physical health, providing places for people to come together and facilitating local enterprise and regeneration.

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