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Provision of a new greenhouse and project activities based at the Healthy Heart Garden

A project providing a new greenhouse and project activities based at the Healthy Heart Garden, the Disability Resource Centre, Love Street, Paisley is underway. This is undertaken as a partnership between Renfrewshire Environmental Trust, Healthy Heart Garden and with in-kind manual labour from Community Service Unit of Renfrewshire Council.

The beneficiaries are adults with learning disabilities/physical disabilities living in Renfrewshire who lack social skills, self-confidence and work experience who volunteer at the Healthy Heart Garden. There are five regular volunteers. The project is open to local school pupils, and groups interested in gardening.

Two workshops willtake place with talks about gardening using a greenhouse and raised beds. Recipes for making chutneys and sauces will be produced and distributed to pupils and local groups. Access to a safe outdoor learning environment, providing social space to gain Gardening skills and increased physical activity for disabled people. The funds will provide a new fully, accessible greenhouse to enable the growing of vegetables which supports the developing confidence, as well as general health and wellbeing of disabled people accessing the Healthy Heart Garden for gardening and recreation.

See our photos for this project Flickr..

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On Tuesday 7th February 10am – 12noon, we have organised a workshop on  “Choosing vegetables for your garden” at the Healthy Heart Garden, the Disability Resource Centre, Love Street, Paisley.

The workshop will provide advice and tips to help you decide on the different vegetables to plant in the Spring. Discussion will cover the suppliers of seeds/plants and what is involved in preparing to plant your vegetables.

This is a partnership project with Engage Renfrewshire and the Healthy Heart Garden.

To register for this free workshop, please email us at retpaisley@yahoo.com

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Renfrewshire Environmental Trust has received a funding boost thanks to players of a charity lottery. The award of £8,579 by People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity is funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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Renfrewshire Environmental Trust has used the moneyto assist adults with disabilities who are involved in work experience at the Healthy HeartGarden, which is based within the Disability Resource Centre, Paisley. This project provides access to a safe outdoor learning environment for participants to gain gardening skills and increased their physical activity .

The funds provide a new fully, accessible greenhouse to enable the growing of vegetables. This project is undertaken by a partnership between Renfrewshire Environmental Trust, Healthy Heart Garden and with in-kind manual labour from Community Payback at Renfrewshire Council.

Gordon Dickson, a volunteer at the Healthy Heart Garden said; “Thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, we have achieved a long-term aim of having a large bespoke greenhouse based at the Healthy Heart Garden. This will help to extend the gardening activities during the year, particularly in the winter months. We would also like to thank the Community Payback unit of Renfrewshire Council for their support in completing the preparation of the site and joinery work for the new greenhouse. Their unstinting support for the Healthy Heart Garden has been invaluable.”

People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery, where players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for good causes. As a charity lottery, 50p from every £2 ticket goes to support charities and good causes across England, Scotland and Wales, including People’s Postcode Trust. People’s Postcode Lottery believes in supporting local communities so the money raised stays local to players.

Further information about the project is provided by a new video – go to www.moviemakers.org.uk where the film is entitled ‘Healthy Heart Garden: New Greenhouse’.

The website for the Renfrewshire Environmental Trust at www.retrust.org.uk

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From the beginning of December 2012 to the end of March 2013, the Trust is providing gardening skills workshops, both indoor and outdoor, within the training facilities and community gardens at 74 Love Street, Paisley.

We are working with up ten adult participants with learning and physical disabilities for 7 hours per week. Up to five volunteers will work alongside the sessional worker to support learning by participants.

The community garden will be accessed by other adults for therapeutic and health benefits including relaxation, and short walks.

This is possible thanks to funding from Foundation Scotland.


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Reduce your food miles


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In the last four months, the Trust has supported environmental education at the Cherry Centre, Moorpark, Renfrew.

The Grow Your Own project focused on runner beans and sunflowers. This involved children from day care services.

New shrubs and flowering plants for containers were also purchased and planted with input from staff and volunteers.

A feature about the community garden at the Cherry Centre is available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/45538598@N05/sets/72157627231291634/

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Making Local Food Work have published a guide to finance for community owned shops. The guide includes information on general management, specific information relating to running a community shop and a glossary of finance terms.

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This code was created by the Scottish Wild Mushroom Forum, a group consisting of representatives of conservation organisations, landowners, public land owning bodies, mushroom buyers and mushroom packers. To learn more, please log on to: http://www.snh.org.uk/publications/on-line/NaturallyScottish/fungi/wildmushroom.asp

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There are two farmers markets in Renfrewshire that you can support. They provide an excellent opportunity to buy quality produce from local businesses.

Paisley Farmers Market – 2nd and last Saturday of each month, from 9am – 1pm, at County Square (beside the main Gilmour Train Station). There are up to 30 producers to purchase from.

Lochwinnoch Farmers Market – Held 4 times per year on 1st Sunday or March, June, eptember and December, from 11am to 2.30pm. The market is both indoor and outdoor at the Castle Semple Visitor Centre, Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

Further information is available at: www.scottishfarmersmarkets.co.uk

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There are currently efforts being made to introduce better regulation of food speculation. The World Development Movement and Fairtrade Foundation state that “the manipulation of commodity markets by hedge funds in London and New York can affect the lives of millions of farmers thousands of miles away.”  Work is underway to seeks increased transparency of deals made and also, to introduce limits on the speculation of commodities. Further details from the World Development Movement at: http://www.wdm.org.uk/food-speculation?dm_i=5QB,843J,1O974J,KROP,1

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