Shettleston Community Growing Project

Despite the awful weather, 2012 was a great year for the Shettleston Community Growing Project.

Our biggest achievement has been successfully reclaiming a derelict piece of land and transforming it into a vibrant community garden with vegetable and fruit growing plots and a wildflower / wildlife garden. More than sixty members worked on their own plots and over 1,100 hours of volunteer effort went into developing and maintaining communal areas between April and December. We ran a very successful Smelly Welly Club throughout the summer holidays and on until October, with funding from Sport Relief. And we opened our gates to more than 200 people from the wider community at the joint Family Fun Day we held with Shettleston Housing Association in August. In recognition of our hard work throughout the year, we were presented with an award for "Action in the Community" at the Re-Gen's "Stars in the Community" Awards ceremony in November.

Looking ahead, we anticipate an even busier and successful year in 2013. Thanks to a grant of £116,000 from the Scottish Government's People and Communities Fund, our new "Green Volunteer" scheme will give more local people the chance to get involved in healthy, outdoor activities, to learn new skills and to help transform other derelict areas into productive and attractive spaces. Our cycling club with Freewheel North meets on site every Tuesday ready to depart at 10am and is open to anyone in the area. We are able to call on our new bank of experienced tutors to train and support plot holders and green volunteers, thanks to funding from Awards for All.

Please come along to our AGM on Wednesday 6 February at 6:30 in Shettleston Housing Association to find out more and get involved. Or get in touch with Marion Bate, Project Co-ordinator, on 07530 985 483.