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.

The project was set up in 2009 by local people who wished to grow food for themselves and their families. With assistance from Shettleston Housing Association and Glasgow City Council, a suitable site was identified, and funding was secured from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund to turn the derelict and unloved space into an attractive and productive community allotment.

In total, there are well over 100 people who regularly use the allotments in one form or another, and SCGP is able to provide free training for plot holders, volunteers and other interested parties that want to learn about all aspects of food growing and cooking the produce they have grown. In addition, funding is sought each year to enable the use of sessional workers for the allotments, and to run the successful Smelly Welly Club on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school and throughout school holidays for young people aged between 8 and 12 years.

Because of contamination on the waste ground all of the produce is grown in raised beds (over 50 in total), which are rented out for a nominal fee to local people, schools and organisations that want to grow and eat produce they have grown themselves. There is also a large soft fruit area, wildlife garden and a massive community garden that is regularly used for events throughout the year and for The Smelly Welly Club to burn of some steam at the end of their sessions.

We are delighted to be National winners of Cultivation Street 2017, chosen by David Domoney, for the great work we do in the local community and as an example for other community gardens and allotments far and wide.