Growing a Greener Glasgow

The Croft

Posted on 1/12/2015
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South Seeds has developed a community garden called the Croft on the disused tennis court of the Queen’s Park Bowling and Tennis Club at Queen’s Park recreation ground.The Croft a former tennis court is a beautiful space sheltered by mature trees, where a number of activities happen.

Sometimes we hold keep fit or campfire sing-along sessions. Check our news section to see what is on.

Each year around February we advertise the opportunity to adopt-a- raised bed in the news section of this website. Residents express interest in growing fruit and vegetables at the Croft by filling out and sending off a form. Raised beds beds are allocated for a year. The following year the opportunity is put out again and a new set of residents look after raised beds at the Croft. Over the years, the number of residents with growing skills on the Southside of Glasgow has increased.

If you would like to know more about how this works , we have published a newspaper about the first growing season, see our Govanhill Gazette about the Croft. Also we have a booklet of Croft case studies.

Here are some comments from crofters:

“The best part of the Croft experience for me was meeting others who wanted to learn to grow vegetables.”

“I loved seeing all the raised beds come to life over the growing season. I got inspiration and ideas from watching how others looked after their beds.”

“The whole space was a sanctuary for me. I enjoyed meeting other interesting people. I found the experience invigorating.”