Shettleston Community Growing Project

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If your children are between 8 and 12 years old and are looking for something to do during the Easter holidays, then you might like to know that our Smelly Welly Club will be running a holiday programme on the following dates: 5th, 6th and 7th April and 12th, 13th and 14th April from 2pm - 4pm. Get them along to the Growing Project on 5th April to register.

Smelly Welly Club kids with Alex Neil MSP

The Smelly Welly Club after school restarts on Tuesday 19th April and will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm till 5:30pm. Again, it's for anyone between 8 and 12 years of age. Registration will take place on Tuesday 19th April and spaces will fill up quickly.

For more information, contact Kenny McCubbin on 0141 763 2599 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You are invited to attend the first AGM of Shettleston Community Growing Project Ltd which takes place on the evening of Wednesday 24 February 2016 from 6:30pm in the Shettleston Housing Association offices, 65 Pettigrew Street, Glasgow G32 7XR.

This will be our first AGM since we became an incorporated organisation and Scottish charity and will be conducted in accordance with our Articles of Association.

group photo from 2014 AGM

Please confirm your attendance at the AGM as this will help with catering - contact Marion Bate.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Since opening in 2011, Shettleston Community Growing Project has become a well-established and thriving community food growing project.

People of all ages and abilities come together to learn about growing fruit, herbs and vegetables, including tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, leeks, courgettes, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and much, much more.

tomatoes, potatoes, courgettes and other vegetables

The project is managed by local people and we would like to encourage more local residents to get involved. We're currently (or should that be currantly!) accepting applications from prospective plotholders and Green Volunteers.

To get everybody off to a good start in the new growing season, we will be running a series of food growing and gardening workshops in February and March. Workshops will run over six weeks on Sundays and Tuesdays from 10 - 12, starting Sunday 14th February and Tuesday 16th February.

Contact Marion Bate for further details on becoming a plot holder, taking part in the workshops or volunteering.

Following on from a highly successful summer programme, our Smelly Welly Club restarted its regular Tuesday and Thursday after-school club, which ran from August until the end of October, including during the October school holiday. New for the autumn season, we introduced a new Saturday Club, which welcomed parents as well as children and proved very popular with both. Regulars and new faces came along and with lots of new and fun activities on offer, there was never a dull moment.

Alex Neil MSP visits the Smelly Welly Club

Members enjoyed planting, harvesting and cooking the fruits of their efforts, making some nice Smelly Welly jam, fruit laden pancakes and home-made soup.

The Club had a couple of trips outside Shettleston, first to the Cuningar Loop - the Forestry Commission's new £5.7 million Commonwealth Legacy project near Rutherglen - and on the last club day of the year, members burned off some energy at Ryze Trampoline in the city centre.

The children were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £2,000 from the STV Appeal - this will add to their own fundraising efforts to help rebuild and replace their shed with something bigger and better.

STV Appeal present Smelly Welly Club with £2000 cheque 

Although the club has now wound down for the winter period, it will be back next year with even more good stuff to do. Members will be contacted in due course and any potential new recruits can call Kenny on 07811 981 200 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fundraising is now underway to help re-build our site after the recent fire.

We've had many generous donations from individuals and businesses and a number of funders are also helping us with re-building costs. Even the kids have got involved with the whole of St. Paul’s Primary school taking part in a fundraising run around the school grounds, raising a massive £1,677!

children at St Paul's presenting us with a cheque for £1677

Having got over the shock and disappointment the SCGP Board is now considering how to make the best of the situation by improving our facilities rather than just replacing what was lost.

the kids shed and potting shed before the fire

 

We are open to suggestions from our members as to what YOU think we should have on the project site. Please let us know what you think by emailing suggestions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We'll circulate some fully costed proposals to our members shortly, to be followed by a full discussion of the options at our last Souper Sunday of 2015 on Sunday 6th December (time still to be confirmed).

In the meantime, one of our plotholders, Andy, has written an article to share his perspective on recent events. We hope you enjoy it.