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India Tyres Playing Fields Project

Regeneration of a historic playing field.

Following on from our success with purchasing Teucheen Wood, IDT recognised that there were various other 'green assets' within our community that we could help to protect and improve in Inchinnan.


Of these, our community members put India Tyres Playing Fields at the top of the list for community intervention and management. 

In 2022, the Trust successfully secured a Community Asset Transfer of India Tyres Playing Fields from Renfrewshire Council. With the playing fields now secure, work has started on their regeneration through a 5-year development plan which will transform the site into an accessible, shared greenspace that services our community and is in-line with the Trust's environmental ambitions.

Inchinnan's industrial heritage & tyre works

The Tyres is linked to Inchinnan's rich industrial history with the site originally being used as part of William Beardmore & Company's Inchinnan Airship Constructional Station. The famous R34 airship was built was built on the Inchinnan site in 1918 and went on to become the first aircraft in history to make a east-to-west trans-atlantic flight.

Decline of industry leaves fields at risk

Community Asset
Transfer success

Following the end of airship construction, the remains of the industrial site was taken over by the India Tyre & Rubber Company - giving the playing fields their name. Used for employee recreation and sports clubs, the site was well managed until industry begin decline and India Tyre & Rubber Co. shut their doors in 1981 - leaving the tyres orphaned in the process.

Following consultation with our community members, and with the support of Renfrewshire Council and Development Trust Association Scotland, IDT began the process of a Community Asset Transfer to secure the site. Through consultation and planning, the Trust were successful our bid for a transfer - bringing these historic playing fields back into our community's management.

Our vision for India Tyres Playing Fields

Community Allotments Raised bed, no-dig plots for planting and growing (21 × 29.7cm) (A4 (

Further community meetings and drop-ins are planned to guide our the project (ensuring the interests of local people are considered throughout) including a steering group that will convene with the Trust and the project’s landscape architect to share opinions, contribute to plans and drive the project forward with residents in mind.

If this is something you would like to be involved with or find out more about, feel free to reach out to us at

Community Allotments Raised bed, no-dig plots for planting and growing (21 × 29.7cm) (A4 (

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