Braehead Community Development Trust are inviting Braehead & Broomridge residents to take out Community Garden membership for 2017/18. If you live within a mile of the Broom Road site, you can hire a raised bed to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, or simply join in the many social events and activities on offer throughout the year.
New members will be able to assist with the garden’s small flock of hens and access eggs within minutes of them being laid. More daring members can also sign up for a beekeeping course and help look after the 30,000 honeybees in the garden’s apiary.
This year Braehead will also be launching a “market garden” for members who don’t have the time to commit to looking after their own raised bed. Market garden members will be able to help collectively grow fruit and vegetables and then share in the harvest throughout the season. A proportion of the market garden produce will also be distributed to local lunch clubs and other organisations.
Grants from the Big Lottery and the Clackmannanshire and Stirling Environment Trust have also allowed for a large picnic area, covered events space, wetland educational zone and fruit orchard to be in place for the 2017 season. A grant from Stirling Council’s Community Pride Fund has also allowed for a professional weather monitoring station on site, giving members the chance to help prepare local weather forecasts for the community, which will be available via www.braehead.org.
There are monthly BBQs, gardening classes, opportunities to help with plant propagating, the “Friday Cake Club” and the “Tuesday Tea Party”. There are also community events throughout the year, from the summer Flower Show to the Halloween Pumpkin Festival.
Community Garden Chairperson Chris Kane says,
“Braehead Community Garden has gone from strength to strength since opening in 2015 and I can’t wait to get growing again this year. One of the things I’m most proud of in the garden is the community spirit; somebody commented recently that Braehead Community Garden is like “a village in the city”. That’s something we’ve worked hard to achieve. We’re improving Braehead’s relationship with healthy, locally grown food. We’re helping with social isolation, inter-generational understanding and we’re giving people the opportunity to form new friendships and connections. Braehead Community Garden has been a big success, but we want more people to join in and reap the benefits of our phenomenal space”.
Membership costs £12 per year and more information is available from www.braehead.org or by calling 01786 445423. Or if you are looking for inspiration and advice on starting your own community garden, you can arrange a tour by contacting