The Partick Community Growing Project transformed a disused play park in the area behind Gullane, Anderson and Purdon Streets into a welcoming and inclusive community growing space.
The project was awarded a grant of £209,271 in 2013 by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland and since then it has been all systems go. Work on developing the growing space was completed in April 2014 and PHA supported project users to establish a constituted committee who have been running the project independently since 2016. We continue to work closely with PCGP, and provide support as required.
In 2010, Partick Housing Association undertook community consultations as part of the planning application for the development of Centurion Way on former railway land. The response highlighted a desire for more community growing space in the local area and this was included in the plans for the development.
The new homes were completed in 2013 and plots were assigned in 2014. Initially, the growers were supported by PHA with workshops and guidance to set up a community group. The site is owned by Glasgow City Council who have been supporting the group since 2017 to obtain a PTU for the space. An interim committee was formed in August 2018 and the group constitution completed in October 2020.
Centurion Way Growers now have a strong committee in place to lead and guide an enthusiastic group of plot holders. They regularly hold workshops and social events, and maintain their plots, growing a variety of fruit and vegetables.
In 2014, Partick Housing Association approached the NHS with a proposal for creating the Sandy Road Community Garden on vacant land next to the Community Centre for Health. With their support and funding from Glasgow City Council, the site was developed into a growing project with raised beds and communal areas. We worked with the community to establish a constituted committee who independently run the project. They operate a waiting list for growing spaces, and regularly hold workshops and events.
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