St John’s Shopping Centre, Community Greenspace Project - Retail Matters Week.

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Last modified on 10/10/2018

Children from Goodlyburn Primary School planned, designed and created an urban garden in the heart of Perth City Centre. St John’s Shopping Centre is now home to a colourful new greenspace with the hope of attracting some new tenants in the shape of bees, butterflies and spiders!

The project was a joint venture between St John’s Shopping Centre and Goodlyburn Primary School with the aim of creating a further space for biodiversity to thrive in the City Centre where space for such gardens can be limited.


The once unused space is now home to a ‘Bug Hotel’ and 5 new mini gardens that we’re created by the Children from the local primary school.

The children gained new skills and knowledge throughout the process from the early planning stages right through to the actual planting itself. The children were the key decision makers in the project with them planning how the space would be used and how they wanted it to look.

Christina McGregor, Class Teacher from Goodlyburn Primary School said: "We have loved working with St John’s shopping centre and the many other organisations and businesses who were involved in this project. The pupils have been empowered to make decisions and have a voice on how they wanted the project to developed. The children have been instrumental in creating a unique and lasting space in their City Centre and they are proud of what they have created”.


Scotland’s Rural College kindly donated all the plants and shrubs used to create the gardens.

Two horticulture students from the college also prepared the ground for planting prior to the School visit and assisted the children with planting the flowers that they choose for their gardens while teaching them the importance of biodiversity.

Derek Martin, Marketing Manager at St John’s Shopping Centre said: “We could not be happier with the vibrant burst of colour the children from Goodlyburn Primary School have created at the Shopping Centre. It was great to see such a collective effort from the community to put this greenspace together and to share their skills and knowledge with the next generation”.

Tags: Sustainability & Community Engagement