Shettleston Community Growing Project

Shettleston Community Growing Project (SCGP) was set up in 2009 by local people who wished to grow food for themselves and their families. With assistance from Shettleston Housing Association and Glasgow City Council a suitable site was identified, and funding was secured from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to turn the derelict and unloved space into an attractive and productive community allotment.

A potted history

 

A potted history

In March 2011, the Shettleston Community Growing Project opened its gates to its first growers. The SCGP’s site is located at Eckford Street and Ardgay Street on the Shettleston/Tollcross border and welcomes people of all ages and abilities from the local area.

The core of the project is the food growing area which consists of over 50 raised bed growing spaces. Individuals, families and groups ‘rent’ a growing space and use it to grow vegetables and fruit. The size of the growing spaces makes them ideal for gardening novices, children, older people and people with disabilities. The project site also has a community garden and separate wildlife garden. In 2014 the SCGP became a company limited by guarantee and a Scottish charity.

Our group is made up entirely of volunteers and we consult with our community on the types of activities we deliver and the services we provide. We recognise the benefits of working with other organisations and have links and working partnerships with many different groups, including schools and youth groups, local authority, housing associations, support agencies.