Shettleston Community Growing Project

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SCGP has won the Best Community Initiative category and was judged Overall Award winners in this year's Evening Times Streets Ahead awards, held at the People's Palace on Thursday 13 June. Read more about the awards here.

We're ecstatic as this is only our third growing season. The stars of the show were Ben and Josephine from our Smelly Welly Club ...

In recognition of the commitment and hard work of all those involved, the group was previously awarded the Grow Green with Glasgow Award in 2011 and in 2012 we were awarded the ReGen Star Award. And just last month, Libby McArthur (River City actress) praised our project for its achievements in an article for the Daily Record magazine.

 

In November 2012, as part of Glasgow City Council’s Stalled Spaces Initiative, the project was nominated and short-listed for a Eurocities Award and, at the beginning of June, we were thrilled to hear that the Council's Stalled Spaces Initiative had won the City to City Barcelona FAD Award 2013.

Our Big Lunch event on Sunday 2 June was a fantastic afternoon. Over 80 plotholders, volunteers and their guests came to our Tea Party with Treats, held to CELEBRATE the fantastic contribution that our loyal band of volunteers make and to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who helps out at the Community Garden and Allotment Site.

Have a look at our new photo gallery to see lots more photos ...

 

Despite winter continuing well into March there have been lots of tasks to tackle on the SCGP site at Eckford Street and Ardgay Street. The main project in recent weeks has been the construction of a path in the community garden to make it more accessible for wheelchair users and people with walking difficulties.

Looking for volunteers to help us build a path

The project was more challenging and took longer than anticipated but a determined group of 41 Green Volunteers worked a total of 522 hours over 8 days, some returning day after day in spite of the wintery March weather.

First, they marked out the edge of the new path, and then lifted the turf and put it aside to be used elsewhere. Next, wood for edging the path was cut and put in place, weed suppressing membrane was laid then dozens of barrow loads of type one and gravel were brought in and ‘whacked’ into position. Finally, we stood back, admired our work and had a barbecue to celebrate. You can see our path taking shape in our photo gallery.

Funding for materials came from Glasgow City Council’s North East Open Spaces & Environment Programme and the project was led by our very capable sessional gardening support workers Sandy Paterson and Lindsey Duncan, and Jo Ridley from TCV.

Here are some of the comments from our Green Volunteers ...

"Enjoyed working as a team. Don't know much about gardening, enjoyed the landscaping. Sunday was amazing, snowing, it was brilliant. We kept working."

"I used to do landscaping in the past. Good to get back into it again. Excellent to see it finished. Good idea to work in smaller teams and rotate the teams."

"Good how everyone chipped in. The path will be good for people with wheelchairs. It’s good to help out. Good to see the women working harder than the guys."

"Met different people. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Now it’s done – what next? Patting myself on the back. Enjoyed working with machines (more confident about laying paths)"

If you would like the opportunity to grow your own vegetables, we have a few plots available this year. Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All programme, we now have sessional gardening support workers to advise and assist new (and old!) plotholders at the allotment site, so there's never been a better time to get growing.

We're holding a taster session on site on Sunday 7 April 2013 (2 to 4pm, including free soup and refreshments) to give you an opportunity to find out more about becoming a plotholder and/or one of our Green Volunteers.

Growing vegetables in raised beds

Green Volunteers take part in a range of activities, including general maintenance and upgrading the allotment and community garden, practical activities throughout the local area e.g. removing weeds and planting trees, shrubs and flowers and special projects e.g. creating a new path in the community garden - see photo gallery and news item.

Our group welcomes new volunteers and is keen to hear from members of the public of any small spaces that are neglected and need transforming.

For more information, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Marion Bate, on 0141 763 0511 / 07530 985 483 / email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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.