Fresh news for Eastwood

Above, volunteers, councillors and school children catch a glimpse of the new Eastwood nursery allotments.
Above, volunteers, councillors and school children catch a glimpse of the new Eastwood nursery allotments.

PEOPLE can soon dig deep for their own greens as the Eastwood nursery allotments have finally come to fruition this week.

The project was first concieved over five years ago, and on Monday, members of the Thornliebank Tenants and Residents Association (TRA), Giffnock and Thornliebank community councils and Woodfarm Residents group welcomed members of the community on site.

The plot — a walled garden near Eastwood House — will be ready for fruit and vegetables in a few weeks, and those involved are delighted to see their hard work pay off.

Lisa Robertson, chair of Thornliebank TRA, told The Extra: “Allotments bring incredible benefits to the area.

“They provide healthy and sociable activity, help reduce food miles and introduce the local school children to the benefits of growing their own food.

“They’ll also discover how much healthier and tastier food is when it’s grown locally rather than shipped halfway around the world”.

The project was funded by the Central Scotland Green Network, as well as various fundraiser events.

Volunteers have worked throughout to clear parts of the land, and Steve Taylor, who led the fundraising activities, added: “Grant money will also be used for security fencing, a greenhouse and the hire of equipment needed to make the site suitable for plots”.

Concerns had previously been raised about the loss of mature trees, but the group are keen to stress that these will be retained, and Steve added: “We wouldn’t want to alter the ambience of the park by felling attractive trees”.

As well as the diggers clearing more space on Monday, children from nearby schools also visited to see just what they can expect from the allotment site.

The youngsters, from Robslee and Our Lady of the Mission primary schools, Woodfarm secondary and Glenwood nursery and the Glen Centre, were offered a chance to cultivate their own plot after the official opening, and each also received seeds to get started.

Oscar Sibille (11), from Our Lady of the Missions primary, told The Extra: “We’ve been learning about growing our own plants in school, and have already grown some sunflowers.

“I’m excited to see what the allotment will look like when it’s finished”.

Classmate Hepsi Xavier (11), added: “It’s great for other people in the community, who maybe don’t have a garden or space to grow their own vegetables and flowers”.

The project has also received support from East Ren provost Alex Mackie and councillors Eddie Phillips, Gordon Wallace and Jim Fletcher, with councillor Phillips previously commenting that allotment provision was needed in the area.

Residents interested in renting a plot, are asked to contact 638 4734 or thornliebanktra@sky.com and add their name to the start-up list.