The Guerrilla Gardening Group
The Guerrilla Gardening group are mobile gardening community organisation operating out of Tollcross YMCA.
Our current projects include Tollcross YMCA Greenspace (rear of premises) The Causeway Church (Causewayside Street Tollcross) and Helenslea Community Hall (Parkhead)
At each of these sites we grow food and grow community, fulfilling our Aims and Objectives with the Community Bodies and Local Residents we work with:
Aims and Objectives
Promoting Positive Health Choices: we provide opportunities for people to gain confidence and skills regarding growing food and how to prepare fresh produce which they have sown, maintained and harvested, completing the journey from garden to plate.
Growing Community as we Grow Food: we use food to form links between various groups in the local area, forming bonds wherein mutually beneficial outcomes can be achieved. We interact with local groups, inviting these groups to our greenspaces, and intend to hold Community Dinners wherein local groups and individuals can come together.
Outdoor Activity and Exercise: at our sites our volunteers and participants are kept active in a safe learning environment where they can enjoy the outdoors as they learn and mingle with other people and groups in their local area.
Skills Development: at our growing spaces there are opportunities to engage in a variety of activities such as woodwork, planter box building, compost bin building, Mural painting, painting raised beds, bird feeder DIY, as well as sowing and planting and pruning: everything that goes along with gardening. Our activities are geared towards hands on, practical experience and learning with an emphasis upon self sufficiency and appreciation of nature.
Education: we provide a learning environment wherein people can experience through practical application the benefits of knowing where your food comes from, as well as further Environmental concerns relating to Organics and the benefits of wildlife in the garden.
Regeneration: We seek to empower people by providing opportunities for people in the local area to get their hands dirty and regenerate the spaces around them. We believe that young people who have visible examples of how they themselves have improved their local area through their own efforts is an invaluable lesson, and we aim to work with local groups to provide such opportunities.
In our first growing season we have established fruitful relationships with Wellshot Primary, Cardinal Winning Secondary, Tollcross Housing Association and Tollcross Advice and Learning Centre, as well as having engaged with local residents by building raised beds and running workshops on their properties, enabling them to grow food.
We will continue to develop positive relationships with local groups and local residents, creating relationships which are mutually beneficial as we pursue our aims and spread our values in the East End of Glasgow.
If you are a local organisation looking for the capacity to grow food and seeking to promote health, please make us aware via our facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/ymcatollcross/
If you are a local resident looking to develop positive health choices, develop skills, or take an active hand in the Regeneration of your local community, or simply wish to meet new people and be active, please see our list of workshops, with dates and times on our Facebook Calendar, and keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming community dinners and Community Lunches, which will arrive with the first harvests of the Growing Season.
Together we can have fun and work together as we grow food, grow community, and develop positive relationships and achieve mutually beneficial outcomes!