Bread oven has recipe to forge links in com­mu­nity

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY HOLLY LEN­NON

WORK on a com­mu­nity bread oven has started up again af­ter be­ing de­layed by the Glas­gow School of Art fire.

Gar­nethill res­i­dents have come to­gether to put the fi­nal touches on the oven, which has been cre­ated out of ma­te­ri­als from the Art School af­ter it was dam­aged by the first fire.

The cre­ation of the oven was put on hold af­ter res­i­dents ob­jected to the build on lo­cal green space in Gar­nethill Park at a ‘heated’ pub­lic meet­ing.

The de­ci­sion was taken to move the struc­ture to dif­fer­ent part of the park, which is also cur­rently be­ing land­scaped by Glas­gow City Coun­cil.

Stu­dents from the Art School and Strath­clyde Uni­ver­sity have been work­ing un­der su­per­vi­sion to build the oven, which will be used to make fresh bread and pizza.

Lo­cals are now hope­ful that it will bring the com­mu­nity back to­gether af­ter a tur­bu­lent few months in the wake of the sec­ond Art School fire.

Glas­gow School of Art stu­dent Eleanora Jaroszyn­ska de­cided to con­struct the oven in Gar­nethill Park af­ter a se­ries of suc­cess­ful pop-up events.

A crowd­fund­ing page which raised more than £500 for the cre­ation, claimed that the lo­cal com­mu­nity would be strength­ened by its pres­ence.

Ma­te­ri­als for the struc­ture have been do­nated from the Glas­gow School of Art af­ter it was dam­aged, in­clud­ing sand­stone, metal re­in­force­ment bar and wood.

Mar­garet Watt, co-founder of Friends of Gar­nethill Green Spa­ces, said all par­ties are now happy with the end re­sult, at a dif­fer­ent spot in the park.

She added: “Vol­un­teer stu­dents and vol­un­teers mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have been work­ing on the oven since June but we had to take a break af­ter the fire.

“Peo­ple are hap­pier with the lo­ca­tion and un­der­stand more what we’re try­ing to do.

“I hope it will bring the com­mu­nity to­gether.”

Bailie Christy Mearns, pre­vi­ously said she hoped the bread oven would “be a pos­i­tive as­set to the com­mu­nity, in bring­ing peo­ple to­gether reg­u­larly to pre­pare food.”

The bread oven is be­ing built af­ter de­lays caused by the sec­ond Art School fire

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