Events Coming Up

25
Jun
Garden Volunteer Session
You can join us for our Garden volunteer sessions on : Sundays 1-4pmWednesdays 1-4pm At these...
25
Jun
RhubarbFest
Click Here to Book Online  Woodlands Community Garden invite you to an afternoon of...
26
Jun
An Appetite for Singing
An Appetite for Singing. Mondays 4.30-6.00pm. (with free community meal from...
26
Jun
Pop-Up Community Cafe
  Woodlands Community Garden’s Pop-up-Café offers an alternative approach to most...

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Woodlands Community Garden is managed by Woodlands Community Development Trust a charity working for the improvement and regeneration of the Woodlands area.

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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.

POP UP 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. 

WOODLANDS WORKSPACE
Our next big capital project will see us transform a derelict gap site adjacent to the community garden with the creation of a community hub building, affordable workspace and artist studios. In 2012 we undertook a six-month feasibility study and community consultation and found an innovative design solution to a site that has lain empty for over 2 decades. This development would enable us to ensure that local artists would have access to affordable and high quality studio space and would also increase the numbers of artists and performers who are able to use our community garden space for residencies, exhibitions and performances. We have secured 80% of capital costs from Creative Scotland, Scottish Government and Robertson Trust. After 4 years of negotiation with Glasgow City Council, we finally signed a 15 year a lease for the site at the end of June 2016.  Work is now scheduled to begin on Phase 1 of the scheme in Autumn 2016.

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.

BIO-DIVERSE
Over the last five years we have run a wide range of outdoor play, environmental and nature based learning activities for children, including via our . Outdoor play activities have taken place in our community garden, at schools, nurseries and at nearby green spaces. We have developed expertise, exercises and useful resources in helping nursery and primary school age children to connect to nature in urban settings - as well as working with home educated children and families outside of school settings. We have gained valuable experience through engaging with secondary age children through working with a local secondary school to help deliver the John Muir Award.  Currently our main Bio-diverse activity is our work with older people at the Fred Paton Centre, as we run regular nature themed activities to benefit older people who are isolated, including those with mobility problems or early stages dementia.

GREENING WEST PRINCES STREET
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 in and around West Princes Street.

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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