SHA responded to a demand from local people who were keen to see a community allotment in the Shettleston area. The Association made land available for the allotment site and provided staff support to develop the project, alongside community partners and Glasgow City Council. Funding was secured to establish the SCGP site at Eckford Street, which opened in spring 2011. Since then, the SCGP has expanded into adjacent derelict ground and now offers a total of 50 raised bed growing spaces for local residents to grow vegetables. The site also includes a community garden and wildlife garden complete with pond
The partnership between SHA and SCGP has sparked further joint working including a volunteering project that gets more local people into gardening and grounds maintenance, improving their health, fitness and social life. Sessions are led by experienced community gardeners who allocate tasks according to interests and ability. Volunteers can learn new skills that can help those aiming to secure paid employment or further training,
The project’s Smelly Welly Club gives children aged 8 to 12 the chance to get involved in food growing, cooking and all manner of healthy, outdoor activities. The club meets after school during term time and as a holiday club during the Easter, summer and October holidays.
Each August the SCGP site hosts a Family Fun Day, run jointly by the Association and the SCGP. Always falling on the last Sunday before the start of the autumn school term, the event is hugely popular with Shettleston and Tollcross residents.
If you are interested in finding out more about the SCGP project, you can contact Kenny McCubbin, project co-ordinator, on 01417630511 or 07879333846.