Thumbs up for green-fingered group

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EASTWOOD nursery allotments have been given a stamp of approval from the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

The new community growing space was recently visited by Naomi Knights, of the Federation, and MSP Ken MacIntosh.

As previously reported in The Extra, the allotment site was created from a derelict piece of land in Eastwood park, and now has over 50 plots for residents, schools and community groups.

A number of groups are behind the project - funded by the Central Scotland Green Network Development fund - including Thornliebank Tenants and Residents Association, Giffnock and Thornliebank community councils and the Woodfarm Residents Group.

Development support worker Naomi Knights commented: “Allotments and community gardens provide the opportunity and space for people to grow their own food., get together, have fun, socialise and at the same time be involved in activity where the rewards are fresh air, physical exercise and the satisfaction of picking your own tasty produce”.

Ken MacIntosh added: “I want to thank everyone at Eastwood Allotments for what they have achieved so far.

“This is a great example of local people not just protecting the green environment that is dear to East Renfrewshire, but taking an area which was overlooked and overgrown and turning it into a productive and attractive open space.

“Looking at the allotments now you can see the backbreaking work that has gone in to clearing the land and this entirely voluntary effort will be of benefit to everyone in the neighbourhood and wider community.

“A new garden is springing up at the heart of Eastwood and it is great to see”.