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Archive for November, 2019

In the last 12 months, the Spuds for Buddies project has been successful in working with local schools, two local nurseries, After School Care and community groups to improve awareness of healthy eating and gardening skills in the Paisley North area.

13052019 001                      View of potatoes growing at the Healthy Heart Garden

Between March – June 2019, the project established 47 raised beds built with the support of Renfrewshire Unpaid Work Team across the Shortroods area of Paisley. Within the Healthy Heart Garden and assisted by two volunteers, potatoes were planted by 49 school pupils (P6/P7). The potatoes were successfully harvested and taken by a pupil group for use in healthy eating cookery activities in the third week of June 2019. In addition, 21 pupils from Primary 1 grew potatoes in 11 boxes within their school grounds between March – June 2019. Local nurseries and After School Care were provided with support and resources including boxes, seed potatoes and compost to grow potatoes.

18022019 spuds for buddies bagsCotton bags for harvested potatoes made by Unpaid Work Team.

23062019 008Potatoes harvested from the raised boxes made by Unpaid Work Team.

This project is seeking to continue building the knowledge, skills and work experience to enable a wider group of children within the community to manage food growing using their own raised beds in 2020.

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In 2019, a new raised bed was established for a growing site at Springbank Sheltered Housing.  The plants chosen by residents included Lavender, Hydrangea, Forsythia, Buddleia, Azalea, Heathers,  and Chives.  Additional herbs (Comfry, Echinhea, Chard, Oregano, Calendula) were provided for planting, with children in June 2019.

The main beneficiaries are older people over 50, living in sheltered housing and
children attending a local nursery, aged between 2-5 years old. The local residents living in the local neighbourhood gained access to an enhanced community growing space.

10082019 005View of the raised planters in August 2019.

Through volunteering and workshops, it has helped to break down barriers between residents of all ages within the Paisley North area through involvement in gardening activities. The project has enhanced skills, knowledge and experience of local people through participation in a local environmental project. It has helped to address health issues by providing resources which encourage active living and healthy eating.

Thanks to all the supporters of this project. This was possible with funding from Greggs Environment Grant and Action Earth Grant.

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