Community led environmental projects in the Southside of Glasgow.

Shields Community Garden

In 2015, as part of the newly built Shields Health & Care Centre, the Shields Community Garden was established to support and explore opportunities linked to self management, social prescribing and the development of the green care agenda. The garden has provided 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 within East Pollokshields.

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

Twice weekly drop in gardening sessions take place on  Monday evening and Wednesday morning. A green referral system is being developed with health centre staff, which will see 12 week social and horticultural therapy programs delivered.  There is also a program 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 and prepared 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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