Braehead Community Garden update plans for a growing enterprise and unveil two new projects 

Volunteers at Braehead have been busy over the winter months planning and fundraising for two new infrastructure projects and a new social enterprise at the 11,000sqm Community Garden.  Braehead and Broomridge Community Development Trust, who operate the garden, have also been developing a model for a social enterprise to provide a sustainable source of produce for the local community.

Solar Panel Array

A 30kw solar panel array has been installed on site, which will completely eliminate the garden electricity bills and generate an income for the project over the next twenty years as it sells surplus energy back into the national grid.  Funding for the project came from via the Community And Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) and the Stirling and Clackmannanshire Environment Trust.

Fourth Polytunnel

A new Polytunnel has been erected on the site, significantly increasing the amount of covered growing space in the garden.  This will allow more community gardeners to grow their own tomatoes and peppers and chillies.   Funding for this project came from the Community Climate Action Fund.

Market Garden Social Enterprise

A great display of some of the fresh, local produce grown at Braehead Community Garden
A great display of some of the fresh, local produce grown at Braehead Community Garden

The fourth polytunnel will allow the project to dedicate two of the existing polytunnels to a ‘market garden project’, with volunteers growing fruit and veg to donate to projects and people who need help and also to generate an income by selling low-cost, nutritious local produce within the community.

Trust Chairperson Matthew Power says

Lockdown meant we were looking at losing an entire growing season in 2020, but instead we supported a small team of volunteers and grew fruit and vegetables to distribute into the community to those in need.  We were so successful that we realised we could do more and look to develop this in the future, which gave us the idea of raising money for a new polytunnel’

Trust Treasurer Aileen Hall says,

solar panel project bears fruit for community garden

‘The solar panels will completely eliminate our energy bills and give us a sustainable source of income for many years, which means we can look well into the future and subsidise access into the garden.  A regular source of income for a community project is crucial and I’m delighted we can count on this in the years to come along with reducing our carbon footprint on the world’. 

Braehead Community Garden opened in 2015 after the community raised £250,000 from the National Lottery to build it.  The garden offers local residents the opportunity to grow their own produce in a ‘micro-allotment’ raised bed.  In addition, there is an apiary with honeybees, a flock of egg-laying hens, a large orchard, workshop and picnic area complete with a pizza oven constructed from the clay found on site.  For more information on the community garden, log on to www.braehead.org

Braehead Community Garden from the air in 2020

Braehead Pumpkin Festival 2019

On Saturday 26th October 2019, Braehead Community Garden will be holding its third Pumpkin Festival – and you and your family are invited to join in the fun.

Pumpkin Carving.  11am-1pm

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Bring your pumpkin along to the Community Garden Polytunnels where we’ll have carving kits and lots of ideas for great designs.

The event is FREE for Garden Access Pass holders and their children, £2 for non-members.  Don’t forget to bring your own pumpkin!

Children must be accompanied.

Pumpkin Cooking Demonstration.  1.30pm-2.30pm

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Ever wondered what you can do with the leftover pumpkin from a carving session?  Bring it all in a bag and we’ll show you how to make some delicious recipes. Places are limited, so please book in advance via

Entries Accepted for Braehead Carved Pumpkin Show (1.30pm and 3pm)

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We want to see the best carved pumpkins in Braehead. Open to everybody, there will be prizes in the following categories:

  • Scariest Pumpkin
  • Funniest Pumpkin
  • Most artistic pumpkin
  • Best Pumpkin that references a movie
  • Best Pumpkin carved by a (supervised) child under 6 years old
  • Best Pumpkin carved by a (supervised) 7-10 year old child
  • Best Pumpkin carved by a (supervised) over 10 year old child
  • Best carving by an adult

The winners will be announced and on display at the lantern festival.

Pumpkin Lantern Display.  5.30pm-7.30pm

All of the entries to our pumpkin carving competition will light up the darkness at the Community Garden – come and see the spooky display!

ENTRY OPEN TO ALL. Outside if dry, in the polytunnel if raining.

Tea, coffee and hot chocolate, dookin’ for apples, hot dogs and candy floss