Case Studies

Hamiltonhill Allotments

Hamiltonhill Allotments is vibrant gardening community based in the North of Glasgow which was opened in the 1920s. We have 31 plots, mostly full size and a few half and quarter plots, depending on the needs of our members. We also have 11 purpose-built raised beds which we use as starter plots for people on the waiting list as they are easier to maintain and excellent for getting people started on growing their own food.

South Western Allotments Association

A converted piece of waste-ground at Pollock Park, enabling people to continue gardening in a social environment, particularly when a full size plot would be too much for them, for what ever reason, be it health, age, work commitments etc.

Muiravonside Community Growing Area

Muiravonside Community Growing Area is based within Muiravonside Country Park. There are 34 small in-ground plots and 6 wheelchair accessible raised beds on a hardstanding area. The growing area was set up by Maddiston Community Council but is now run by the Muiravonside Growing Area Committee which is made up of plot holders.

Incredible Edible Balfron

Incredible Edible Balfron is based in the village of Balfron, Stirlingshire, and has been running since March 2015. The project initially focused on two plots in the village – one outside the Register Office on Buchanan Street, and the other at the corner of Cotton Street and Buchanan Street (locally known as ‘Tontine Corner’). By 2018, it also includes an additional bed at Tontine Corner, and a growing garden at the local primary school.

Braehead Community Garden

Braehead Community Garden (BCG) is an 11,000 square metre facility in Stirling. On site there are outside raised beds for growing fruit and vegetables, three polytunnels (1100 square metres in total), a clubhouse, toolshed and workshop. The garden also has a picnic area, an orchard, an apiary, a composting area, a wetland and a flock of 15 egg laying hens.

Shettleston Community Growing Project

Shettleston Community Growing Project (SCGP) sits on what was a derelict piece of ground situated between Shettleston and Tollcross in the East end of Glasgow. It is a great example of a Housing Association and Local Authority working together.

Bantaskin Primary School

Bantaskin Primary School is close to the centre of Falkirk. It has a well-developed orchard, home to more than 10 fruiting apple, pear and plum trees, and some raised beds in the playground where the children are responsible for the planting, caring and harvesting of vegetables, herbs and fruit. Each year group have their own plot, including a growing area for the nursery.

Edible Gardening Project – Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

The Edible Gardening Project helps people grow their own vegetables and fruit by offering advice on how to get started. We promote growing healthy food in gardens, allotments and containers. This is The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s latest community focused project, run jointly with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society and funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Granton Community Gardeners

Granton is a former social housing estate in North Edinburgh, and one of Edinburgh's most economically deprived areas. Granton Community Gardeners began simply in 2010 when a few residents got together for a barbecue and began to share ideas of growing food, making new friends, and improving the neighbourhood. They began with no money, and just a few folk planting some seeds on an empty street corner. Little by little the group began to meet more regularly, and with a very grassroots approach began to develop further street corners, a cafe and a community ceilidh!

Watch Us Grow

Watch Us Grow is a Cumbernauld-based charity, based at Palacerigg Country Park, which provides a supportive environment for adults with additional support needs or with mental health problems. It started in 1999, in recognition that there was a need for opportunities for people with special needs.

The Grove, Edinburgh

A flourishing, temporary container garden on the former site of a brewery in central Edinburgh, show casing a good working relationship between a property developer and a community group.

Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm (2.5 acres) has been a much-loved part of the local community in Edinburgh for the past 30 years. It is dedicated to inspiring visitors to the farm who come to see a variety of animals, enjoy local produce within the farm café, relax in the garden, or take part in the activities and events that happen throughout the year.

@The Field

In 2010 an eight acre field in the village of Dunkeld in Perthshire was gifted to the Soil Association Land Trust. The owner of the field wanted to ensure it was saved from development and returned to organic food production.