Shettleston Community Growing Project

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We're delighted to confirm the success of our recent application to the Comic Relief Local Communities programme, which is administered by Foundation Scotland.

We've been awarded £7,412 for a new programme of 'on the job' training and support which will take place on Tuesdays and Sundays from 1 April 2014 so that both working and unemployed people can participate.

The additional funding should help us to achieve greater outcomes in terms of building confidence, improving health and increasing skills and experience.

SCGP's Food Miles pack contains lesson plans, resources and interactive games which are fun and easy to use for young people as well as their teachers and parents.

Eastmuir School used the pack recently during their Eco Week and wrote to say "The impact on the children’s learning was evident in the way they could talk about Food Miles and where our food comes from and they presented their learning at a whole school assembly. Children became very enthusiastic about where their food comes from. They were able to talk about the impact that food miles have on our environment and became passionate about the importance of buying locally produced food."

Copies are available from Glasgow City Council Stalled Spaces.

February and March are busy times for sowing seeds and preparing gardens and allotments for the months ahead.

As part of our People and Communities funded ‘Green Volunteer’ project, Shettleston Community Growing Project is pleased to announce an important new FREE horticultural training and volunteering programme, running weekly on Tuesdays (4 Feb to 25 March, 10am to 4pm) and again on Sundays (9 Feb to 30 March, 10am to 4pm).

seed planting by hand

Training sessions are open to anyone who is interested in volunteering and learning basic gardening and food growing skills. Participants may be unemployed or working and looking for something to do in their free time. New plotholders and those on waiting lists at allotments are welcome to apply.

Training sessions will provide participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become an active volunteer at SCGP and other gardening/food growing projects. Certificates of attendance will be provided at the end of the sessions which may be beneficial for those seeking employment.

All tools, resources and refreshments will be provided. Participants should wear suitable clothing and footwear and bring a packed lunch.

For more details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0141 763 0511

At our AGM on 26 February, Marion announced that SCGP has just become the recipient of a Volunteer Friendly Award which is a quality standard to support, recognise and reward groups who are good at involving volunteers.

Not only have we achieved the standard we are going to be highlighted as an example of good practice. Well done everyone!

Special thanks to all our hard working volunteers and especially to our two new Gold Star Volunteers (Steven and Josephine) who were presented with their certificates by two of our local Councillors.

Gold Star Volunteer Steven

Gold Star Volunteer Josephine


2014 will be a momentous year for Glasgow's East End. To help get the year off to a flying start, we have planted thousands of spring bulbs on prominent grassy sites throughout Shettleston so that come spring we are all cheered by colourful carpets of daffodil, tulip and crocus.

The Shettleston Area Partnership granted us funding to get the project started and we have planted up a number of sites along Shettleston Road, at Shettleston train station and in the surrounding streets.

Huge thanks to all the Green Volunteers, Smelly Wellies, Shettleston Girl Guides, sessional staff and others who've helped with this including Archie, Julie, Frank, George, Andrew, Margaret G, Dorothy, Margaret L, Ben, Josephine, Jacob, Robbie, Kate, Ami, Jenny, Lindsey and Sandy.