Belville Community Garden grow a range of vegetables and flowers in their garden in Greenock.
We have an orchard of, apples, plums and cherries with a mini orchard of damsen surrounded by the sensory garden which was created in 2015 with Lavender and herbs.
Flowers such as dahlia’s, cornflower, and geum are grown in the hexagon planters which were installed in 2016 replacing some older box planters. The design mimics a bee hive attracting bees to collect nectar and pollinate the surround apple trees. The mini kitchen herb garden is also located in the hexagon planters and we grow tarragon, sage, rosemary, horseradish, nasturstium and parsley for use in our cookery classes.
Five larger wooden and stone built planters were named after the high flats that were previously demolished on the site. These are used to grow fruits and vegetables for sale or for use in jams and chutney production. These beds are maintained by volunteers who are trained to grow during our gardening club workshops.
We are trialling a new growing method of hydroponic leafy green production. This is a new growing technique and is part of our Climate Challenge project ‘Connecting Food Growing Across Inverclyde’.
We are testing the indoor method to show that high yields of leafy greens can be grown all year round in an urban environment.