Growth in the community

Dig in: volunteers work on the allotment.
Dig in: volunteers work on the allotment.

EASTWOOD Park allotment site has welcomed the planting of new shrubs and herbs by local volunteers.

The work was carried out by volunteers from Eastwood Nursery Allotments and Whole Foods Market after the area was cleared of the thick vegetation which had lighted the ground for years.

The allotment site had formally been the location of the fruit and vegetable gardens and greenhouses that supplied fresh produce to the kitchens at Eastwood House, home to the family of Lord Weir of Cathcart.

The impetus for change came from Giffnock community council, Thornliebank community council, Thornliebank Tenants and Residents Association and Woodfarm Residents Group.

Eastwood Nursery Allotments Association has now been formed to develop the Eastwood Park site.

And now residents have been asked to come and put their names down for a site, which they hope to fill over the next few weeks.

The association has worked closely with East Renfrewshire council to secure the lease of the land and have undertaken extensive community consultation to help develop the project.

East Renfrewshire council’s environment convener, councillor Vincent Waters, said: “The site is close to many local nurseries and schools which makes it the perfect location.

“The schools are interested in educational projects associated with environmental food projects, summer transition activity for pupils with additional needs and are therefore represented by both eco communities and their social justice staff.

“There will be plots provided for local organisations such as East Renfrewshire Carers Centre and Woodfarm Education Centre which are all on the doorstep of the perfect location”.

Steve Taylor, chair of the Eastwood Nursery Allotment Association, added: “Allotments bring incredible benefits to the area.

“They provide healthy activity, help reduce food miles and introduce local schoolchildren to the benfits 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 round the world”.