Community led environmental projects in the Southside of Glasgow.

Growing Connections

The Growing Connections project will develop and deliver an ambitious green spaces improvement and engagement plan in Toryglen, working with local people and other third sector organisations.  The project will link green space activities in Polmadie Plots Community Gardens and Allotments, Malls Mire Local Nature Reserve, Toryglen Community Base and the green corridors that link these areas. The project is supported by the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund (GICEF).

Activities will include a programme of volunteer sessions to grow food and improve local biodiversity, out of school activities for children and young people, community events and gatherings, taster sessions to encourage wider participation, and Citizen Science and training activities to develop skills and knowledge.

Our vision is that Growing Connections will lead to widespread use of green space, not just for organised activities and clubs, but for everyday use by local people. We hope that the project will attract further investment into the area to substantially change the urban landscape, improve the appearance and use of currently vacant land and explore possible options community land ownership in the area.

Growing Connections is supported by the Scottish Natural Heritage Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund which is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Latest project updates:

North Toryglen Greenspace & Active Travel Project; keep up to date and have your say on the project webpage 

Green Infrastructure Scotland article ‘An urban gem in Toryglen’

Growing Connections newsletters:
Growing Connections Autumn 2018 Newsletter
Growing Connections Summer 2018 Newsletter

Urban Roots has been working with local people for the last eight years to improve the environment in Toryglen. The success of this work has led to our involvement in projects to empower people to improve their local environment and their health and well being in communities across the Southside of Glasgow. The idea for the Growing Connections project grew out of a desire to increase the impact and quality of our work in Toryglen and bring further transformation to the area and people’s lives. Ultimately we hope that the successes of this project work can then be replicated and shared in other areas of our city.

In 2017 Urban Roots was awarded a grant from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) to run a low carbon food project called Growing Connections. The year-long project was led by CCF Project Development Worker Colin Myles. Growing Connections re-established Polmadie Plots as a thriving community garden and allotments and created strong links with local community food initiatives. Using workshops, volunteering and social events, people were encouraged to take simple but effective action to reduce carbon footprints in their daily lives.

In 2018, funding was secured from Scottish Natural Heritage’s Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund (GICEF) to build on previous work and develop and deliver an ambitious green spaces improvement and engagement plan in Toryglen. In May 2018 Gemma Jennings joined Urban Roots as the Growing Connections Project Manager. Find out more about Growing Connections and other Green Infrastructure projects here.

To find out more please contact the Growing Connections Project Manager, Gemma Jennings on 0141 6132766 or

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