Shettleston Community Growing Project

What we do

Most SCGP activities hibernate during December and January when people are busy doing other things and the weather is likely to be at its worst. Green Volunteers and the Family Programme resume in February and the Smelly Welly Club gets going again in time for the Easter holidays.

View of snow covered plots during winter

The SCGP’s main event of the year is our Family Fun Day, which takes place on the Sunday before the schools go back after the summer holidays. The FFD is run in partnership with Shettleston Housing Association and, thanks to donations from the Association and other generous sponsors, all attractions are free of charge. The 2015 event attracted over 300 visitors.

We celebrate National Volunteer Week each June by inviting all our volunteers to a Big Lunch to thank them for their efforts.

In March 2015 the SCGP held the Big Shettleston Sleepover to raise awareness of fuel poverty and to raise money to help those affected by it. 40 adults and children slept out overnight on the project site - in freezing conditions - and raised over £2,500 for their efforts.

SHA staff holding banner promoting the Big Shettleston Sleepover


Our Green Volunteer Programme enables people of all ages and abilities to get involved in gardening, grounds maintenance and conservation activities on the SCGP site and elsewhere in the local area. If you would like to get to take part in healthy, outdoor activities but don’t fancy becoming a plot-holder this might be for you. Green Volunteer sessions take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays for most of the year, only taking a break in December and January. An experienced leader is always on hand to direct the work and to provide on the job training and there are also opportunities to take part in more structured training events that we run at various times in the year.

The Green Volunteer programme is a great way of getting fit, making new friends and learning new skills, while doing something worthwhile to improve the local area. Volunteering can also help people gain valuable experience and knowledge that might lead to employment opportunities or further education.

The SCGP is very proud to have won a Volunteer Friendly Award for its work with volunteers.

Green Volunteers at Shettleston Train Station


Why should the kids have all the fun?! Launched in autumn 2015, our Families Programme enables whole families to get involved in growing, volunteering, cooking, arts and crafts, trips, expeditions etc. The idea came from some parents of Smelly Welly Club members who saw how much fun their children were having and wanted to join in. Family Programme activities take place on Saturdays and are great way of spending quality time with the children – you’ll be amazed at what they can teach you!

Family taking part in a litter pick


Children aged 8 to 12 are welcome to join the Smelly Welly Club, our dedicated children’s wing. The SWC gives young people the opportunity to get involved in healthy outdoor activities and offers a mixture of food growing, cooking, arts and crafts, practical conservation work, games, bush-craft, trips and lots more. The SWC meets as an after-school club during term time (until the clocks go back each October, resuming in April) and as a holiday club during the Easter, summer and October break. Sessions are delivered by qualified and PVG checked youth workers.

The SCGP also welcomes secondary school age young people, enabling them to get involved in volunteering, taking part in award schemes like the John Muir Award or the Duke of Edinburgh Award and enjoying a range of interesting outdoor activities.

Three kids watering plants in the polytunnel