Belville Community Garden Trust is a registered Scottish charity formed in 2014 by local people to bring community groups and individuals together in the east end of Greenock, Inverclyde.
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. The garden employs 1 full-time manager, 15 part-time staff and a range of local employment scheme placements.
During the Covid-19 Pandemic our role and activities has changed dynamically to meet the needs of the local community. From providing Isolation Food boxes throughout 2020 and 2021 to delivering courses and support through online meetings. As the restrictions change, the way we are able to interact with our community changes and we look forward to being able to offer more face to face courses.
The Belville Community Garden is open to the public with FREE access all through the year.
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.
GUIDE TO BELVILLE COMMUNITY GARDENS
The new Guide to the Community Gardens is now available for download. It includes maps to our gardens and our main building.
INVERCLYDE COMMUNITY FOOD
The new Inverclyde Community Food (30 September 2021) map is now available for download.
SKILLS AT BELVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Various Cookery classes are available throughout the year for complete beginners and includes knife skills, health and hygiene basics and cooking on a budget. With current restrictions most of our courses are delivered online at present. 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. Our Gardening Club help to maintain and manage the garden throughout the year
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!