Our main garden on Serpentine walk is open to the pubblic 24/7 and is a favorite of local dog-walkers (or dog-less walkers!) who can enjoy stunning views of the River Clyde with plenty of places to rest and unwdind. We grow fruits, vegetable and herbs for use in our community kitchen, and all produce grown in this area is free for the community to use at any time. Take a walk through the garden and see if there is anything you can harvest and make use of but, please, refrain from taking produce from our community allotments as these are private rentals.
The upper level of the site hosts our Biodiversity Garden, part of the Inverclyde Pollinator Corridor project. This project was designed to allow bees and other pollinators to travel greater distances and thus improve the quality of pollination across Inverclyde. The space includes a “Nectar Bar” filled with ideal flower species for pollinators, seven soil mounds made with earth cleared from the main garden area, a log pile made from local waste wood, spaces for nesting and hibernation and a stumpery of tree stumps donated by Wemyss Bay Caravan Park.
Our community allotment makes rentable beds available to individuals and groups who wish to grow fresh fruits, vegetable and flowers. We run various activities and events designed to support our growers and even have some sponsored beds available free of charge. We want to make sure our growers can make the most of their raised bed and can provide seed, soil, and support to help them flourish.
At Belville, we compost our food scraps and garden waste in order to create a nutrient rich compost which is great for our community garden and raised beds. High quality compost helps us improve soil quality and grow healthier, stronger plants. Not only that, but our composting system reduces the waste to landfill, lowering our carbon footprint and returning essential nutrient to the soil. We actively support composting in the community as part of our waste management system and can provide resources and practical advice to help you get composting at home. We also work with local schools to develop composting sites with involvement from pupils and staff alike.