Community led environmental projects in the Southside of Glasgow.

Shields Community Garden

In 2015 the Shields Community Garden was established as part of the newly built Shields Health & Care Centre, to support and explore opportunities linked to self management, social prescribing and the development of the green care agenda. The garden provides an opportunity to connect people to non-medical supports and resources within the local community as part of the wider COPC (Community Oriented Primary Care) approach that has been adopted in East Pollokshields.

A green referral system is being developed with health centre staff, which will see 12 week social and horticultural therapy programs delivered.

The garden is an oasis of green tranquility in the heart of Pollokshields. It has raised beds for vegetable growing, fruit bushes, a mini-orchard and a physic border with a variety of plants traditionally used for maintaining health.

We run weekly drop in gardening sessions – contact us for more information.

There is also a programme of weekend events, courses, workshops and outreach activities with schools.  In addition, the Urban Explorers children’s club meets weekly during term time.

We welcome other local community support groups who wish to explore the garden.  Over the past year, Glendale Women’s Cafe have taken part in outdoor cookery sessions in the garden, Pater Patter (a dad’s parenting support group) regularly meet in the garden, the Roshni Group have explored traditional plant uses, preparing creams and tinctures from herbs in the garden and the Youth Group have carried out a pyrography project to create signs for the garden.

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