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Youth Legacy Ambassador programme helps legacy to flourish

Gordon Johnstone, Young Scot

Gordon Johnstone talks about how Young Scot's programme is delivering on the green legacy of the Games.

The key Games time activation was the successful delivery of Flourishing Scotland at the Glasgow Green Festival 2014 live site for the duration of the Games.

As part of the official Cultural programme, the project aimed to share how Scotland is currently flourishing. Providing an opportunity for young people to be involved at Games time, engage visitors in a fun activity which built a piece of participatory art and also benefit Scotland post-Games by leaving a lasting legacy.

The milestone event provided the Youth Legacy Ambassador programme (a further cohort of Youth Police Scotland Volunteers and other Young Scot project groups) support for the organisation and delivery of a high profile interactive installation at the Festival 2014 live site, providing a unique opportunity to build on skills and experience at an international event.

Flourishing Scotland attracted over 19,000 visitors, with the region of 16,000 seed balls being made and the Legacy Wish total rising to 17,000.

The footfall, feedback and enthusiasm shown by visitors  was quite amazing and the project received a very warm reception across Scottish Government.

First Minister Alex Salmond, Shona Robison (Cabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights), Aileen Campbell (Minister for Children and Young People) and Sophie, Countess of Wessex made a seed ball, sharing their Legacy Wish for Scotland and adding to the rainbow of colours on site.

The thousands of seedballs made during Glasgow 2014 at the Flourishing Scotland site have now been distributed across the local authorities and planted in diverse locations; from wasteland and public parks to schools and community gardens.

The Youth Legacy Ambassadors and other community group volunteers have been involved in identifying appropriate spaces and undertaking the planting.

The thousands of Legacy Wishes collected during and pre-games will be shared on the website, along with the unfolding story of the seedballs and the commemorative legacy wish benches currently being made.

Find out more about Young Scot and Legacy 2014 Wishes