Ruchill's Community Garden Takes Root
Patricia Ferguson has joined local residents and school children for the official opening of the Ruchill Community Garden.
The "Roots of Ruchill Community Garden" located within the grounds of Ruchill Community Centre is a space to encourage those who use the centre to grow food, flowers and vegetables. A competition to name the garden was held in Ruchill Primary School, and pupils were also involved in designing the logo.
Speaking after the launch Patricia Ferguson said:
"This is a great community space to encourage local people to get involved in growing their own food and flowers. I am pleased to see pupils from Ruchill Primary so involved in the garden and it is clear from the official opening that they are very enthusiastic about making it a success and watching the fruits of their labour grow.
"But this is a garden for all the community, young and old alike, and I know that users of the community centre will all be encouraged to make the most of this new growing space. In an area with a number of tenemental properties, where residents might not have space to grow their own produce, it’s very important to have spaces like this. I would hope that we can develop more community growing spaces across the area so that everyone can benefit from the opportunities they provide."
The development of the Community Garden was a partnership between the local people of Ruchill, Maryhill Housing Association, Childrens Inclusion Partnership, North United Communities, Glasgow City Council open space and environment group and Glasgow City Council area committee, Ruchill Community Council and Advisory Group, Ruchill Primary School and Summerston Day Centre.