We’ve been getting our hands dirty!
Recently we have been given access to an allotment in Hamiltonhill Community Allotments community gardens in the northwest of the city. So far we have planted carrots, courgettes, spinach, rocket beans, peas, cauliflower, various herbs and sunflowers in our raised bed. Phew.
We take women and children to the allotments regularly to do some gardening and make delicious soup in the allotments’s convenient communal kitchen. It is great that everyone involved in the project has a chance to spend some time outdoors this summer. It is a beautiful, peaceful and tranquil place and is adjacent to an amazing urban wilderness site known as the Clay-pit – an abandoned quarry. This particular feature is shaped like a boot and attracts a variety of wildlife.
Many of the women and children who we support live in deprived areas of Glasgow with no access to safe green-spaces, so the allotment provides them with a place to relax and be closer to nature. Also the children love it as they can run around, learn about nature and vegetable growing and (most importantly) getting their clothes filthy. Access to so called “green-spaces” is relaxing and helps soothe stress.
Friends of Possilpark Green-space are a charity who formed out of concern for raising the standard of the local environment. They wanted a safe space where children and people of all ages could enjoy themselves. They do conservation and landscaping on areas of green-space within the community. We are delighted to be able to enjoy the fruits of their hard work in the local area.