2018 memberships available now at Braehead Community Garden

 

Braehead Community Garden from the air.
Braehead Community Garden from the air.

Braehead Community Garden is getting ready to start the 2018 growing season, with a reminder that memberships are available now.  The popular community facility’s membership year starts on 1st April.  Membership costs £12, giving access to the garden and all events and workshops.  You can also lease a raised bed for £52 and grow your own fruit and vegetables.

Other facilities members can access are raised beds in the garden’s polytunnels for growing more exotic food.  There is a flock of egg laying hens, a picnic area and a communal kitchen garden where members teach each other growing skills.

Inspecting the Braehead Beehives
Inspecting the Braehead Beehives

There is also a member run apiary where members can learn how to keep honeybees.  Members also enjoy regular workshops and classes, covering everything from crafts to propagating, composting and cooking.

For 2018, the garden has also joined the “Men’s Shed” movement and converted a shipping container into a workshop, with drop in sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am-noon. Despite the “Men’s Shed” movement name, the workshop is open to both men and women.

The garden also runs monthly members’ BBQs and public events including the popular Braehead Horticultural Show in August and the Pumpkin Festival in October.

Provost Christine Simpson presenting the prizes at the 2018 Braehead Horticultural Show
Provost Christine Simpson presenting the prizes at the 2018 Braehead Horticultural Show

Community Garden Chairperson Chris Kane says,

Chris Kane at last year’s Pumpkin Festival

“This is fantastic, welcoming community space.  At Braehead, we’re as interested in “community” as we are in “gardening” and we’re going from strength to strength with a increasing membership and a packed programme of activities, events, workshops, and growing spaces.  The garden is also a relaxing community area where you can simply sit and watch the world and the trains pass by.   I would encourage everybody to get growing at Braehead Community Garden in 2018.”

Braehead Community Garden opened in 2015 thanks to a £250,000 lottery grant.  If you would like to find out more or arrange a visit, log onto www.braehead.org/garden.  You can also drop-in any Tuesday or Saturday morning between 1000-noon.  You do not have to live in Braehead to become a member.

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Kay selling produce from the Kitchen Garden
Ann and Jess #homebakingwars
Ann and Jess #homebakingwars
Alistair growing the world's hottest chillie
Alistair growing the world’s hottest chillie
Ann, Jim, Tracy & Troy getting ready for the annual plant sale
Ann, Jim, Tracy & Troy getting ready for the annual plant sale