Shettleston Community Growing Project

I saw the article in Shettleston Housing Association’s newsletter about the growing project and noticed that they were looking for volunteers to help out in the community garden. I was looking for an outdoor activity to get involved in so I called the Project Co-ordinator, for more information. I am not in the best of health so it was important for me to find a project which suited my needs. Marion assured me that the raised beds were designed with disabled people in mind (less bending) and being a novice was not a problem as everyone is welcome. Having a toilet on site was important, not just for me but for my little grandson, Sam (7 years old), who wanted to help as well. Sam and I have become very much part of the ‘growing community’ and I was happy to be involved in organising the Open Day. I have learnt a lot and made new friends along the way. Other members have encouraged me and I am now confident enough to try growing my own vegetables. I have been allocated my own plot and, with Sam’s help, I have planted some winter vegetables including cabbage, kale, onions and garlic. Sam loves it and it is good for him to learn at an early age.

Last month I was delighted to be named as the project’s ‘Gold Star Volunteer’ and I am looking forward to joining the committee at the Re-Gen Awards Ceremony as the group has been nominated and shortlisted in the Action in the Community category.

Margaret Gracie

Sam’s wee brother, Ben, was born just three weeks ago and we have taken him with us a couple of times. I think he is the youngest member but we can’t get a pair of wellies to fit him!!