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Shettleston Community Growing Project

Shettleston Community Growing Project, Glasgow were awarded Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) grants to run a resident-led initiative to grow food locally and improve diets, while raising awareness of food miles, food waste, recycling and energy consumption.

What type of project would decrease carbon emissions and help the community?

  • Developing derelict land into a local community allotment site where the residents could grow and harvest their own food.
  • Improving diets and health, while raising awareness of issues around reducing food miles, waste, recycling and energy consumption.

What consultation took place before applying for a CCF grant?

  • Local residents led the project and consulted with the local community at public meetings.
  • Fact finding visits to other local projects.
  • Partnerships with local organisations including Shettleston Housing Association and Glasgow City Council (GCC) through ‘Stalled Spaces’ initiative to promote the project and provide land.

What did the CCF Grants fund?

  • Transformation of 2,071 square metres of derelict land into 52 individual growing spaces and 7 greenhouses.
  • Staff delivered workshops on composting, healthy eating, cookery, recycling and energy efficiency in the home.
  • Food miles information pack in partnership with local schools.
  • Staff to ‘roll out’ project to wider Shettleston and East End community.
  • Gardening tool re-use scheme.
  • Engagement with local organisations and businesses to reduce carbon emissions.

Why did carbon emissions decrease?

  • Food grown and consumed locally.
  • Community now compost, reducing waste.
  • The tool recycling scheme reduced new products purchased.
  • Car use decreased.

How was the reduction in carbon emissions measured?

  • Data gathered throughout the project was converted into carbon emissions through input into the appropriate section of the recommended carbon conversion spreadsheet.

What were the community benefits?

  • Community growing space allowed the community to come together to grow, prepare, cook and consume their own healthy food while experiencing the mental and physical health benefits of gardening.

What was the sustainable legacy?

  • Access to community growing space, community cohesion and better diets.
  • A further CCF project focussed on community energy efficiency.
  • Expanding membership, plus a children’s club (Smelly Welly Club) and a dedicated volunteering project (SCGP Green Volunteers).
  • A cycle club and tool hire service.
  • Held up as a case study inspiring other projects.
  • A double winner in 2013 Evening Times ‘Streets Ahead’ awards.

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