Stirling Observer

BBC spot for design student’s park work


BBC’s Beechgrove Garden have filmed the transforma­tion of the ‘Wimpy Park’ community open space in Alloa which has been designed by a Forth Valley College graduate.

Louisa Carberry (21), from Menstrie, completed her BA Art and Design at FVC in the summer of 2021 and landed a consultanc­y role with Clackmanna­nshire Council to develop the space with new gardens, play-park, football pitches, amphitheat­re and architectu­re.

The exciting initiative has drawn interest from the popular BBC Scotland Beechgrove Garden show who spent a week filming the main body of work being carried out from August 2327.

Lou, who is gearing up to start her Art and Design Honours year at the University of Stirling this month, revealed that the area holds a special place in her heart as she had been volunteeri­ng with the Bowmar Community Group for several years before.

Lou is no stranger to high profile roles as last summer (2020) she was selected to showcase her creative skills in the Street Stories initiative, launched recently by Go Forth Stirling Business Improvemen­t District (BID).

She said: “It’s been absolutely amazing to be involved in this project and I am not surprised that the Beechgrove Garden came along to film as it is quite an exciting transforma­tion.

“It has been quite stressful to be working full-time on it, but as I am working along with people who are passionate about the same thing, I am energised by them all. There are literally hundreds of volunteers who are involved with fundraisin­g and with manual work in the park transforma­tion, and it has been really, really great to be taken to heart by this community.

“I feel that studying for the BA Art and Design at Forth Valley College has been great for me and I would definitely recommend it. The opportunit­ies that present themselves through your studies make you more and more confident in your abilities to have a successful career in art and design and this project is another example of this.

“My advice to anyone doing a Creative Industries course at the college would be to make sure they take their personal developmen­t planning seriously and take

advantage of the research that you do into local funding bodies and opportunit­ies for artists, as these were the leads which allowed me to get my first big break in live art projects such as the Street Stories. It is experience like this – and the Wimpy Park project – that can really push you forward as a profession­al artists and I advise budding artists to use this area of their studies well.”

Adam Blair, assistant producer for Tern TV, who produce the Beechgrove Garden for the BBC, said: “Lou is a terrific talent. She has adapted to this project with great confidence and ability.

“Working in tandem with the Wimpy Park Community Group and assisted by our garden design consultant, Lou has helped create a garden design for the group that will have a lasting legacy for everyone who lives in the area. The whole

Beechgrove team will be in Alloa to help where we can, we are extremely pleased to be working with Lou and we can’t wait to see her and the community’s plans come to fruition.

“Viewers will be able to see the fruits of the community’s labours on BBC1 Scotland in the next few months.” Linda Paterson, curriculum manager in FVC’s Department of Creative Industries, Hospitalit­y and Tourism, said: “We are proud and delighted that Lou has been

selected for this project. She is a great example of a student who seeks out opportunit­ies and just goes for it. Even during these difficult times she has secured

herself two prominent external projects in the past year, and the skills involved in undertakin­g projects such as these and working independen­tly with external

agencies, will serve her well in the future.”

Further informatio­n about FVC’s Art and Design courses at https://www. forthvalle­ art-and-design. The BA Art and Design course is currently looking for applicants beginning from a newly designed year one see https://www.forthvalle­y.

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Small screen Louisa Carberry’s design drew interest from the popular BBC Scotland Beechgrove Garden show who spent a week filming the work

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