Community led environmental projects in the Southside of Glasgow.

History

Toryglen Gardening Club was was originally started by three local residents in 2004, who wanted to improve the area by addressing environmental concerns.  After successes in running small events and involving a wide range of other community groups and schools in community gardening projects, funding was secured to employ a project development worker.  An application to the Climate Challenge Fund was successful and Urban Roots was established as a fully constituted charity and company in 2009.

From 2010, a Community Woodland Ranger was employed to increase volunteering and educational activities in Malls Mire community woodland and a Sustainable Food Project Coordinator joined the team to develop further food growing spaces and to run Grow Your Own Food and Great Grub cooking courses.

In 2010 we also began our first outreach project, working with Cassiltoun Housing Association to develop a community garden at Cassiltoun Stables in Castlemilk (http://www.cassiltountrust.org.uk/community-garden.html).   We have found a huge interest in community food growing projects in the Southside of Glasgow over the past decade and we have supported numerous groups to establish and nurture gardens, including Ibrox Flower Field, Pacitti Garden, Pollokshaws Hub, Oor Wee Garden and many more.

Funding from the Scottish Government in 2014 stimulated further expansion of our activities and the employment of one full time and two part time Project Coordinators to develop food growing and other environmental projects in East Pollokshields, Preisthill and Househillwood, Castlemilk and Carnwadric.  We worked with local people to build and grow  gardens at The Nan Mackay Hall, The People’s Garden at The Hall Peat Road, Eden Garden in Carnwadric, and three new gardens in Castlemilk.  We continue to run weekly drop in social gardening sessions in all of these green spaces.

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