Innellan is a small village built on the shores of the beautiful Firth of Clyde. Inspiring Innellan is trying to make the village into the best in the area, so that residents and visitors alike can enjoy the considerable amenities available. By clearing overgrown areas and planting trees, shrubs, bulbs and a wide variety of garden and wildflowers, the village has become much admired and enjoys a reputation for being sociable, friendly and innovative.
In 2019, the group won the Community Involvement Discretionary Award: The community of Innellan has risen to the Beautiful Scotland ‘challenge’ for the second year. Plants, planters and compost have been donated and the ‘Sponsor a Planter for £10’ campaign enthusiastically supported. Villagers have ‘adopted’ planters for watering whilst others showed off their beautiful gardens at the Open Garden weekend. Council spending cuts have been counteracted by the input of several volunteers who have spent hours cutting and strimming grass verges. Close to 3,000 volunteering hours have been chalked up. Work parties have averaged 16 people every Sunday and volunteers also work individually on tasks such as fixing steps, clearing leaves, litter picking and even painting landscapes to sell for funds. Special family events have fostered good relations with younger community members. Sunday work parties have helped to integrate many newcomers into the area. Volunteer ages range from seven to eighty-four. Following each work party, a lunch is organised by volunteers with food donated by villagers on a rota basis. A regular feature of the lunches is the appearance of several older/less mobile members of the community who come along on a social basis. Support for fund raising events such as quizzes and coffee mornings has been excellent and volunteers helped with the annual Remembrance Day and Christmas Lights too. Donations in kind have been a feature, this year with Inspiring Innellan being offered everything from a box of chocolates to a caravan! A yard to work in, a shed, concrete slabs, tables, picnic benches, hand and petrol driven tools, boats and much, much more have all been donated by villagers. Innellan is definitely a community with a heart and at its heart is its community.