Shettleston Community Growing Project

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Children and young people from our Smelly Welly club, some as young as four, have been getting to know their local Commonwealth Wood at Auchenshuggle.

On their first visit in August, they were split into teams of Badgers, Foxes and Hedgehogs and had a lot of fun building a wigwam and a shelter and learning all about trees and wildlife (see Photo Gallery and read more about the visit here).

They returned in September for woodland games, storytelling and a hearty lunch cooked over an open fire.

Next up ... a Halloween themed visit is being planned for Sunday 27th October.

Our thanks to Hugh McNish at Forestry Commission Scotland for first drawing our attention to this place of beauty on our doorstep.

We're honoured and amazed to reveal that we've been voted as the winner of the STV Real Heroes Environmental Project of the Year 2013.

This is a tremendous accolade for all our plotholders, Green Volunteers, committee members, sessional staff and not forgetting the hugely successful Smelly Welly Club and all the organisations and individuals who have given us so much support, encouragement and funding along the way.

As our Chair, Anne, said on the show, the east end of Glasgow often gets a hard time, but our project, through its volunteers and our partnership with Shettleston Housing Association, has shown that the east end can bloom!

We got together to watch the programme in the Board room at Shettleston Housing Association in the company of John Mason MSP, Bailie Anne Simpson and Councillor Frank McAveety. Frank also tweeted "Fantastic to see the Shettleston Community Growing Project and the Smelly Welly Club winning Environmental Project of the Year".

We've had many other texts, emails and tweets congratulating us - here is a selection:

"Congratulations to @shettlestongrow sorry I couldn't be with you tonight", Margaret Curran MP

"Congratulations to @shettlestongrow on winning", De'ils on Wheels, Dumbarton Road Corridor Environmental Trust

"A huge congratulations on winning!! This is very well deserved and is great recognition for your excellent project" Hugh McNish, Forestry Commission Scotland

"Well done and congratulations a well deserved win :-)", Councillor Yvonne Kucuk

"Was great meeting some of the group last night. Was so nice to hear how much the kids love growing their own fruit & veg!", Sean Batty

"great green fingered heroes many congrats, so deserved", Eusebi Deli, Shettleston - Scotland's Best Takeaway in this year's Italian Awards

"Well done @shettlestongrow for winning best environmental project in Finding Scotland's Real Heroes Awards", Glasgow City Council

"Congrats @shettlestongrow (plus the Smelly Welly Club) Environmental Project of the Year at Fridays' awards", Scottish Childminding Association

"... well done to all the SCGP volunteers on their fantastic achievements!", Shettleston Housing Association

"I was over the moon to see that you guys won your category. I am enormously proud of you all", Anita Manning

The awards ceremony was broadcast on STV at 8pm on 15th November - our category starts 11 minutes into the programme.

You can see more photos taken on the night the show was filmed in our Photo Gallery.

And you can still watch the original broadcast from 4th October.

Our annual Family Fun Day, organised in conjunction with Shettleston Housing Association, was a huge success. The rain (mostly) stayed away and the community garden and raised beds allotment site looked in tip top condition.

We welcomed as many as 300 people through the gates between 12noon and 4pm, including plotholders and members, their friends and families, staff and volunteers from Shettleston Housing Association, local residents of all ages, Mr Giggles (aka Gordon), Hugh from Forestry Commission Scotland, Sadie from The Walking Theatre Company and professional chef Alison, Evelyn from Shettleston Energy Advice, Yvonne (musician), the guys from Freewheel North, Baillie Anne Simpson, John Mason MSP, our very own Smelly Wellies and Green Volunteers and assorted small animals.

We've just added photos of the day to our Photo Gallery. And we've been sent a link to even more photos taken on the day (thanks Jan). Please do tweet us (@shettlestongrow) or visit our Facebook page to tell us what you liked about the day and let us know how we can improve it further next year.

We're delighted to be helping The Evening Times to launch the third year of the fantastic Streets Ahead campaign.

And we'd like to say a HUGE thank you to Tony and Ann at The Evening Times and Sir Willie Haughey of the City Charitable Trust, for the very generous donation which means the Smelly Welly Club will finally get their purpose built shed and some great quality tools.

The fantastic Smelly Welly Club is back, thanks to funding from Radio Clyde Cash for Kids. Sessions take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 12noon to 2pm with lunch provided. Members of the club (aged 8-12), sessional workers and others gave a warm welcome to Margaret Curran MP on her recent visit.

We're also delighted to be working with Shettleston Housing Association again this year to organise another Family Fun Day (Sunday 11 August from 12noon to 4pm, enter via Community Garden, 26 Ardgay Street). All welcome!

Our Green Volunteers have been working hard in this glorious weather - we've refreshed the planters at Shettleston Train Station and have started building a rockery in our Community Garden (though we all downed tools to listen to the Wimbledon Final on Sunday - a great result!).

One of our committee members (and a Gold Star Volunteer) is planning to swim 2km to raise funds for the group. If you would like to help us raise funds, please get in touch with us (tweet @shettlestongrow or contact Marion Bate on 07530 985 483).

Finally, the site is looking amazing thanks to the talents and efforts of sessional staff, volunteers and plot holders - compare it now to what it used to look like in our first year - a real transformation!