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Rutherglen Kicks Off Community Garden Project with Sustainability Charity

24 February 2022

Rutherglen Kicks Off Community Garden Project with Sustainability Charity

Work has begun on an exciting new community garden project linking Rutherglen Care Home to a local park.

The Home has partnered with sustainability charity Grow 73, which aims to help people of all ages to grow their own produce.

Plans are in place to build a pathway from the Home to the community garden in Overtoun Park. The new path will mean Residents and Colleagues can easily access the space.

In the garden, Rutherglen will be able to grow produce for use in the Home’s kitchens. Residents will also be able to join other locals to socialise there.

There are plans for a secret garden, polytunnels for all year growing and ponds, and biodiversity spaces.

Customer Relations Manager Paul Lawson said that the project is just what Residents need after the pandemic.

Paul said: “We’re incredibly excited to be working with Grow 73 on this garden project and to build a pathway to the garden for Residents.

“The garden presents so many opportunities for the Residents to grow produce, make new friends, and be part of the local community.

“The aim is to create a section of the garden where Residents will grow their own vegetables to be used in meals at our Home. That’s good for them and the environment.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone, and we can’t wait to get started.”

Rutherglen plans to get moving

Rutherglen is now fundraising to buy a trishaw to transport Residents to and from the community garden via the path.

On Friday 18th March Cycling Without Age Scotland will bring a trishaw to Rutherglen to demonstrate the vehicle.

Their aim is to enrich the lives of Residents by giving them access to the outdoors through pioneering trishaw rides.

The event will also be attended by Grow 73, who will present their plans for the community gardens at Overtoun Park.

Paul added: “Thanks to our partnership with Cycling Without Age Scotland, we’re aiming to fundraise for our own trishaw.

“We’ve got a training session booked in March for Residents, Relatives and local people to come and have a go.

“Trishaw riding isn’t just great fun – it’s also good for Residents’ mobility and wellbeing.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us to offer something truly unique to Residents and their loved ones.”