Shettleston Community Growing Project

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The Smelly Welly Club opened its doors again for the new season, welcoming back familiar faces from last year and new faces for this year. Already the members have been hard at work with Louise from Froglife creating a new bog area for the pond and planting lots of wild flowers in the wildlife garden. We were also fortunate to have been chosen to launch Action Earth with Volunteering Matters, a day that was enjoyed by everyone.

The raised beds have been planted up with lots of vegetables and fruit to be enjoyed by the members in the next few months. Hanging baskets have been planted up and already the difference is remarkable. With the help of our two new youth workers, Stacey and Suzanne, the club will go from strength to strength.

Members are also looking forward to their first of many trips this year - Aviemore Youth Hostel for a weekend of canoeing, mountain biking, sailing and walking...I am so jealous.Unfortunately spaces are now filled for this trip, but there will be others throughout the year for members.

If all this sounds like something you would be interested and who wouldn't be interested in being outdoors and healthy eating then contact us....

The club is open for 8 - 12 year olds on Tuesdays and Thursdays (3.30 pm - 5.30 pm). Contact Kenny on 07879 333846 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during office hours.

creating a new bog area for the pondlaunching Action Earth with Volunteering Matters

Hello everyone,

Well it’s full steam ahead now. The growing season is well on the way so let battle commence.

Smelly Welly Club kids with their crops from last year

Just to remind you that Kenny and Marion are now job-sharing. Marion will be working Tuesday and Wednesday all day and Thursday afternoons whilst Kenny will be covering the other half of the week. He will be around on other days working on Children and Families duties. Marion can be contacted on 07530 985 483 or 0141 763 2894 and Kenny can be contacted on 07879 333 846 or 0141 763 2599.

Some points of information for you are:

Greenhouse spaces – Your allocated spaces have now been posted in the Kitchen noticeboard and on the notice boards onsite. Please note that only one space per plot holder has been allocated.

Sunday sessionsKenny will be onsite on Sunday 9th April from 10.00 – 4.00pm if anyone needs any advice, help or general information on growing. This is the last week of training/information sessions, so this would be a good time to get any help you might need.

Gardening support workers – We have two new gardening support workers, Veronica and Christine. They will be onsite on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays to offer advice and support if you need any, so please make them welcome. Veronica is onsite 9.45am – 4.15 pm on Tuesdays and Sundays 1pm – 4pm. Christine is onsite Tuesdays 4.30pm – 7.30 pm and Thursdays 9.45 am – 4.15 pm. (Please note, Christine is not onsite Tuesday 11th April).

National Gardening Week – The Project will be opening its doors to visitors on Wednesday 12th April between 2.00pm and 4.00 pm, when visitors will be able to see the community garden, raised beds, herb garden, soft fruit beds and wildlife garden. After the tour of the site, everyone can enjoy tea, coffee and cake served from the new community kitchen. So please tell your neighbours, friends and come along and support National Gardening Week.

The entrance to our community garden

Volunteers – Please remember that if you are onsite and doing any volunteering work to keep a record of this and let either myself or Kenny know so we can add it to our volunteering hrs for allotments.

Souper SundayRegulars will know that each month we have a Souper Sunday day, where soup and crusty rolls/bread are available for volunteers who pop along and help us with the never ending tasks that need done onsite. This is your chance to meet new plot holders, share tips and help us with some volunteering. The First Souper Sunday starts on Sunday 30th April 1.00pm – 3.00 pm.

Funding has been secured to offer freelance work to suitably qualified and experienced Children/Youth Workers and Community Gardeners.

Margaret planting in the polytunnel

Children/Youth Workers - applicants should be both experienced youth workers and gardeners/food growers. Hourly rate of £12 or £15 dependent on experience and responsibility.

Community Gardeners - applicants should be experienced horticulturalists and food growers. Hourly rate of £15.

Please note: the workers will not be employed by the SCGP but will be engaged on a freelance [self-employed] basis to carry out specific services for agreed hours.

For further information please contact Marion Bate or Jane McBride on 0141 763 0511 or 07530 985483, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our plots are ideal for gardening novices, children, older people and people with disabilities. We provide a welcoming and supportive environment where people can make friends and share information and resources.

raised bed plots with veg growing

We have a few remaining plots available for those who wish to grow their own food. No experience needed as help will be on hand.

Contact Marion if you're interested.