Woodlands Community Garden (WCG) operate under the Woodlands Community Development Trust is a registered charity concerned with the long-term regeneration of Woodlands area of Glasgow – its economy, its environment, its facilities and the ‘spirit’ of Woodlands. Since 2010 WCG have transformed a derelict urban gap site into a thriving community garden and “outdoor community centre”. The garden has over 50 raised beds where local people can grow their own food, with beds allocated on an annual basis. For people who don’t have a raised bed, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved, including via our twice weekly volunteer sessions offering a therapeutic space that helps people to recover from the stresses and strains of everyday life.
WCG has a community building were meetings, workshops and numerous community activities take place. It also has Wi-Fi and is fully disabled accessible and available for hire below market rate, so it is also affordable for community groups and locals. WGC has a free vegetarian community café that takes place on Monday evenings, feeding an average of 60-70 people per week, with meals cooked using fresh ingredients including those grown at their community garden and runs a regular cookery workshops, both at the cafe and in partnership with other local organisations.
WGC has received many awards with the latest being the 2017 Winner Environmental Award in Inspiring City People Make Glasgow Award and the 2017 Finalist in the Glasgow Evening Times Streets Ahead Awards for Best Community Clean Up.
WGC has too many projects to mention in this brief post and are growing, so view this ever evolving community or to find out more visit their website Woodlands Community Garden or follow them on Facebook.
References: What works Scotland. (2018). Retrieved from http://www.woodlandscommunitygarden.org.uk/