Who we are

Residents in the Belville area of Greenock campaigned for years to prevent an area of derelict land they live near becoming an unwelcoming place and eyesore despite the stunning location with views across the Clyde.

They formed an action group to source funding in order to transform the derelict area, previously congested with high flats to turn it into a community garden.

The communities’ vision became a reality in 2014 when the garden was built and they formed a registered charity to ensure the area and activities were sustainable in the long term.

The garden is managed by a Trustee board made up of local people with a vested interest in the regeneration of the area. Belville Community Garden is now a thriving and lively place with many local people visiting the area.

Belville Community Garden coordinates local schools biodiversity and environmental projects including John Muir Awards, community arts and health projects as well as connecting similar third sector organisations across Inverclyde.

@ Serge Chabert photography

“Go Bananas”, a story about our inclusion statement

Did you know that bananas are genetically identical? This means that an entire banana farm can be wiped out by a singular disease because each plant is vulnerable in the same way.

This is why we at Belville believe in the power of diversity.

Our differences make us stronger and allow us to support each other and build the resilience of our organisation.

We were founded on the values of healthy respect for everyone and aim to represent the diversity of our local area and the community we serve.

There is a place for everyone in the Belville family. We don’t want to go bananas.

our team

Please say hello to our friendly staff members.

Sally Clough


Volunteer Coordinator

Don Thomas

Environmental Officer

Sue Harris

Community Food Worker

Taylor balling

Community Chef

Ruth Short

Administrator/Outdoor Educator

Donna-Marie Dobbin

Finance Officer

Lisa Boonsanong

Activity Coordinator

Julie Anson

Activity Leader

Chris McCann

Recovery Liaison/Bike Mechanic

John McLennan

Skill Trainer

Frank Smith

Construction Supervisor

Aidan MacDonald

MA Creative Media Student

Ryan Stewart

Maintenance Assistant

Logan Coyle

MA Horticultural Student

Robert Small

Construction Supervisor

Serge Chabert

Creative Consultant

Wilma Hunter

Community Worker

Stella Ikunna

Ground Maintenance

Raghad Albrkawi

Chief Assistant

Disability confident
Living wage
Demential Friends
Happy to talk flexible working
Healthy working lives
The Robertson Trust
CVS Inverclyde
Inverclyde Council
Inverclyde Community food
River Clyde homes
Inspiring Scotland
Queen's award for voluntary servicre
Inverclyde HSCP
The Scottish Governme nt