Our organisation promotes a safer, stronger community around improving lifestyles, and health primarily through gardening, horticulture and healthy eating. We break down social barriers for young and old alike and offer the chance of new learning experiences, improved community relationships, a sense of pride in the environment and improved mental and physical wellbeing.
Since the opening in 2014, Belville Community Garden have developed a status within the community as a central food growing hub, organising and coordinating community groups and schools in growing projects. We also coordinate local schools John Muir Awards, community arts projects and health related projects such as the green gyms. The garden employs five staff working on a range of projects with a strategy to engage local community groups training people in construction skills, food growing and cookery skills.
Looking to meet new people, learn new skills and enjoy some greenspace? Why not come and volunteer at Belville. Our volunteers play a huge role here at the Garden. The work of volunteers is essential in many ways to the management and success of what we do and last year we benefited form over 3889 hours of volunteers time and energy.
COURSES AT BELVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Five week Cookery classes are available for complete beginners and includes knife skills, health and hygiene basics and cooking on a budget.Contact us for information. Specialist gluten free cookery classes are available on demand. Contact us for more information.
Belville Community garden offer a range of construction training to new volunteers including woodworking skills, tool handling, health and safety at work, garden design and brick laying. These are available to people that require to build their skills set and confidence in helping to boost job opportunities for those struggling to find employment. A range of people can be supported to gain meaningful employment from our training courses.
Belville Community Garden grow a range of vegetables and flowers in their garden in Greenock. OUTDOORS we have an orchard, sensory garden, biodiversity area, kitchen herb planters and larger vegetable growing raised beds. INDOORS we are trialling a new growing method of hydroponic vegetable production to show that high yields of leafy greens can be grown all year round in an urban environment.
PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION WINNERS
Congratulations to Bryan Watson who won our Photography Competition! to runners up, Rhona Stewart and Rita McKenna. Framed copies of their photos can be seen hanging proudly in the office! Thank you to all great photographers who took the time to enter.
Our Volunteers and staff have created blogs to show the progress of the garden as it develops over time. Please take the time to visit our blog page and feel free to leave comments!