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From the beginning of December 2012 to the end of March 2013, the Trust is providing gardening skills workshops, both indoor and outdoor, within the training facilities and community gardens at 74 Love Street, Paisley.

We are working with up ten adult participants with learning and physical disabilities for 7 hours per week. Up to five volunteers will work alongside the sessional worker to support learning by participants.

The community garden will be accessed by other adults for therapeutic and health benefits including relaxation, and short walks.

This is possible thanks to funding from Foundation Scotland.

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The project is providing bird boxes to be located within the community garden at 74 Love Street. These bird boxes will help protect and encourage the local population of house sparrows.

A total of 12 people are involved in developing this project to support bird life. We are working in partnership with the Disability Resource Centre and Renfrewshire Council to raise awareness of house sparrows. This is funded by a grant by CSV Earth Action.

The aims of the project are:-

i) To protect and encourage the breeding of House Sparrows.
ii) To raise awareness and develop better understanding of the House Sparrow.
iii) To support the involvement of volunteers in the recording and monitoring of House Sparrows.

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Planting of shrubs to encourage birdlife was completed at the Disability Resource centre in December 2012. Wood has been purchased to make nestboxes for sparrows. Reference is being made to the RSPB information leaflet on building nestboxes and construction of nestboxes is progressing. DSCF0001

House sparrows are under threat and this project is part of a network of activities to support their breeding.

Further information is available at http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/name/h/housesparrow/index.aspx

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