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Growing Beardmore - £2000

megyntyrell megyntyrell  •  2021-03-19  •  West Dunbartonshire  • 

Investment project code: 119

Group Information (where you are based, number of members, normal group activities etc…): The garden is situated at the end of Beardmore Place alongside the canal. From March until October, we are opened daily. We started four years ago with a survey. A community garden was voted most wanted in the street. Membership is made up of tenants from the houses around the garden and the wider local community. We meet to arrange what's being planted for the year ahead, jobs required each week and to plan seasonal activities etc. We meet once a month at Dalmuir library, although some members attend the garden daily. We work closely with Link Housing Association who have helped with printing posters and flyers for meetings and we put them up in closes or through doors. They also introduced us to other community gardens before we got established.

What will you use the money for?: We are looking to create shelter from the elements and improve our compost facility. The garden is in a very exposed area and we hope to create better growing climate by screening from the wind (for the veg) and rain (for the members). We hope to have an extended roof on our recent acquisition of a shelter which would be four posts coming from the main shed creating a sheltered walkway and extending the space for more members use. We also plan to buy nectar producing and edible plants e.g. French beans which can be grown up the posts. The main entrance would be improved by a steel archway, again for interest and growing scented climbers etc. (scented plants useful as we're not far from the sewerage works!). The purchase of a compost station is important as our small tubs are not producing enough to top up the raised beds. Our bins are full now and we cannot take the scraps from members to make more. We have space at the side to fit four large 500litre plastic boxes which will mean more collection of household waste which tenants bring to the garden. This will allow us to produce nutritious, environmentally friendly and sustainable compost that will be made locally.

Who will benefit from this money?: The local community of all ages are welcome. Children have been very active helping in the garden all year round from planting to harvesting. The children bring their grandparents, who in turn share their valuable garden experience or just enjoy the garden for fresh air and play. We also have some teenage members who have set up compost bins. The garden also has a few open days for seasonal harvesting e.g. strawberry harvesting and tatty hiking. All members of the local community are welcome at these open days for family friendly fun. Our garden is accessible and has a ramp and widened pathways for wheelchair users.   

Proposed on behalf of: Growing Beardmore - £2000

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