Belville Community Garden grows a wide range of fruits and vegetables for use in our cookery classes, commercial preserves and community distribution. Our large beds are used for vegetable growing and are named after the high flats which once stood on the site, taking in the breathtaking views of the Clyde and serving as a tribute to the community of old. Potatoes, onions, brussel sprouts, leeks and fruit bushes are harvested regularly to help ameliorate the issue of food miles within Inverclyde.
A series of honeycomb shaped raised beds contain a variety of herbs, flowers and fruit trees, alive with the sounds of buzzing bees and fluttering wings. Apple and plum trees sit amidst sweet pea, borage and nasturtiums while the aromas of mint, fennel, oregano and rosemary delight the garden visitors. The raised beds have been constructed with the help of volunteers from all over Inverclyde and the garden is still under expansion with new elements continually developing.
With so much going on all year round in the garden, BCG welcomes the help of the gardening club who meet Mondays 1-3pm. If you’d like to join contact us today or send a message via our Facebook page! No gardening experience necessary, all abilities welcome.
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.
The Pod, a converted shipping container, serves as the garden hub, providing workspace for gardening and construction activities and shelter from the local weather.
Sitting adjacent to the sensory garden, filled with scents of lavender, mixed herbs, damson trees and blueberries the pod served as Belville Community Garden Trust offices for the first few years of the project and its brightly coloured doors stand out against the hillside as a marker for the community.
BELVILLE BIODIVERSITY GARDEN
The upper level of Belville Gardens is now the site of the newly established Belville Biodiversity Garden, part of the Inverclyde Pollinator Corridor project and home to a diverse range of valuable insect species.
Ample provision of habitat spaces for food, nesting and hibernation include a nectar bar filled with ideal flower species for pollinators, 7 soil mounds (for the 7 high flats) made of earth cleared from the central garden area, a log pile made from local waste wood and a stumpery of old tree stumps brought from Ardgowan Estates. Viewing benches sit within the wildflower meadow providing the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature.
Our recently developed allotment space allows individuals, groups and organisations to hire a raised bed for a small yearly charge while benefitting from our on-site expertise and a newly developing community of like-minded growers. Contact us to enquire about availability and join our Facebook group ‘Let’s Grow Inverclyde- Belville Live’ to catch up with the fabulous advice and friendly chat”.
We are starting work on an exciting new project, our Reflection Pond will be sited at the bottom of our grounds below the community garden, and give the community a quiet space to remember and celebrate those who we lost in the pandemic. This will also be a dedicated wildlife haven with native planting and pond-dipping facilities for our youth groups. If you have any expertise or resources to volunteer to this project please get in touch.