Events Coming Up

23
Oct
Pop-Up Community Cafe
  Woodlands Community Garden’s Pop-up-Café offers an alternative approach to most...
24
Oct
Tuesday Lunchbreak at the Workspace
Get away from the office and bring your packed lunch to enjoy at Woodlands Workspace. Enjoy a...
24
Oct
How to research a community : a hands on workshop
Does community exist in the city? What does it mean to be part of a community? Can a...
25
Oct
Garden Volunteer Session
You can join us for our Garden volunteer sessions on : Sundays 1-4pmWednesdays 1-4pm At these...

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About Us

WOODLANDS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TRUST
Woodlands Community Development Trust is a registered charity concerned with the long term regeneration of Woodlands area of Glasgow – its economy, its environment, its facilities and the ‘spirit’ of Woodlands. We are community based and accountable – in our work, our style and the composition of our board of management. We support local people in shaping the future of Woodlands in ways that are sustainable, environmentally friendly and innovative. Our key aims include supporting community-based education activities, promoting the health and well-being of our community, encouraging participation in community arts and the advancement of environment protection.

WOODLANDS COMMUNITY GARDEN
Woodlands Community Garden is our main project. Since 2010 we have transformed a derelict urban gap site into a thriving community garden and “outdoor community centre”.  The garden has over 50 raised beds where local people can grow their own food, with beds allocated on an annual basis. For people who don't have a raised bed, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved, including via our twice weekly volunteer sessions. The garden is a wonderfully therapeutic space that helps people to recover from the stresses and strains of every day life.

WOODLANDS WORKSPACE
Located at 66 Ashley Street, two doors down from our Community Garden, we have transformed a derelict gap site that had lain empty for over 20 years into an exciting new community resource. Our community building was manufactured off site and installed over the summer of 2017. It is a vibrant new venue for meetings, workshops, art and community activities. Consisting of an attractive meeting room and small kitchenette it will have wifi and full disabled acces. It will be available for hire from the end of October onwards. Letting rates are being set at below market levels so as to be affordable for community groups and local residents. Next year we plan to add four artist studios to the site at the basement level. All the foundations and utilities are now in place, but we are are still fundraising for the cost of the studios themselves.We are launching the new Workspace in October 2017 with a special programme of free community events, check our events page for full details.

WOODLANDS COMMUNITY CAFE
Our free vegetarian community café takes place on Monday evenings, feeding an average of 60-70 people per week, with meals cooked using fresh ingredients including those grown at our community garden.  We also run regular cookery workshops both at the cafe and in partnership with other local organisations. You can join us every Monday from 5.30 - 7.30pm at our Fred Paton Centre. The strength of our community cafe lies in that there is no distinction between those providing the aid and those receiving it, all are actively encouraged to volunteer in our work. The food we serve is high quality, freshly prepared and of the same quality you would expect in an expensive restaurant. The café has a very welcoming atmosphere, with music workshops and performances adding to its ambience. It is very much a positive place to come. By encouraging a healthy vegetarian diet, we are making permanent changes in people’s perception towards food. Our Café not only provides access to good, fresh and healthy food, it also enables communities from all backgrounds to socialise in a safe welcoming environment. Volunteers who we train and support are gaining skills, confidence and self-esteem and our work has had a transformative effect on people attending. In addition to our Monday cafe we provide meals at a weekly Homework Club and run regular cookery workshops.

DON'T WASTE WOODLANDS
Tackling issues over waste and street littering with our programme of community clean ups. Clean ups take place on the third Sunday of every month.

GREENING WOODLANDS
Part of our longer term plans to build a green corridoor that links our community garden to Kelvingrove Park, we are working with primary, secondary schools and older people to make art and environmental improvements across the neighbourhood

WILLOWBANK COMMUNITY GARDEN
A smaller garden site we took over responsibility for from Glasgow University in 2015, and our make improvements to for the benefit of local residents.

WELLINGTON CHURCH GARDEN
Working in partnership with the local church to improve the garden at the church grounds, linked to their International Welcome Cafe

AWARDS
2016 Winner of Most Inspiring Garden Project in UK in 2016 Cultivation Street Competion
2016 Finalist in 2016 Scottish Awards, winners announced December 2016
2016 Featured as an example of best practice in a UK wide study of best practice in community gardens and improving health.
2016 Finalists in the Celebrating Communities category of Scottish Charity Awards.
2015 Winner  GLASGOWS BEST COMMUNITY GARDEN in the Evening Times Streets Ahead Awards.
2015 Our food work was highlighted as one of 3 case studies of best practice in a Scotland wide research study into food aid provision.
2014 Awarded the prize of Inspiration street in UK wide Cultivation Street competition. Judges were impressed by the inspiring story of the transformative impact of the garden on one of our volunteers who has autism and hailed the garden as an example of how horticulture can lead to greater inclusion.
2012 Winner Best Environmental Initiative in Evening Times Streets Ahead Awards

FUNDERS
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