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We have been working with the volunteers from the Healthy Heart Garden and staff and pupils from a local primary school to develop a project growing potatoes. There are 18 raised beds with potatoes growing in them at the moment. The seed potatoes were planted in March 2017 as part of gardening workshops held at the Healthy Heart Garden. This project is supported by People’s Postcode Lottery, Renfrewshire Council and the Hugh Fraser Foundation.

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Provision of a new greenhouse and project activities based at the Healthy Heart Garden

A project providing a new greenhouse and project activities based at the Healthy Heart Garden, the Disability Resource Centre, Love Street, Paisley is underway. This is undertaken as a partnership between Renfrewshire Environmental Trust, Healthy Heart Garden and with in-kind manual labour from Community Service Unit of Renfrewshire Council.

The beneficiaries are adults with learning disabilities/physical disabilities living in Renfrewshire who lack social skills, self-confidence and work experience who volunteer at the Healthy Heart Garden. There are five regular volunteers. The project is open to local school pupils, and groups interested in gardening.

Two workshops willtake place with talks about gardening using a greenhouse and raised beds. Recipes for making chutneys and sauces will be produced and distributed to pupils and local groups. Access to a safe outdoor learning environment, providing social space to gain Gardening skills and increased physical activity for disabled people. The funds will provide a new fully, accessible greenhouse to enable the growing of vegetables which supports the developing confidence, as well as general health and wellbeing of disabled people accessing the Healthy Heart Garden for gardening and recreation.

See our photos for this project Flickr..

On Tuesday 7th February 10am – 12noon, we have organised a workshop on  “Choosing vegetables for your garden” at the Healthy Heart Garden, the Disability Resource Centre, Love Street, Paisley.

The workshop will provide advice and tips to help you decide on the different vegetables to plant in the Spring. Discussion will cover the suppliers of seeds/plants and what is involved in preparing to plant your vegetables.

This is a partnership project with Engage Renfrewshire and the Healthy Heart Garden.

To register for this free workshop, please email us at retpaisley@yahoo.com

In partnership with the Health Heart Garden in Paisley, we are supporting workshops for volunteers and community groups to share skills and knowledge about growing vegetables. During 2016, a series of workshops take place, as follows:
Tuesday 2nd February – Organising and preparing for spring planting.
An opportunity to learn about planting spring vegetables including potatoes and brassicus. As part of a group, you will be able able to share personal experiences of growing vegetables, ask questions, swap ideas and find out about the suppliers of seeds or plants.
Tuesday 3rd May – Learning how to grow different vegetables (onions, chives, leeks)
 As part of a group, you will be able able to learn about growing different types of onions, chives and leeks. Practical tips and hints will be passed on and there will be a chance to ask questions, swap ideas and find out about the benefits of onions, chives, and leeks.
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Tuesday 9th August – Harvesting and planning for winter vegetables
An opportunity to learn about harvesting vegetables including potatoes, onions, leeks, and braccalus. As part of a group, you will be able able to share personal experiences, ask questions, and swap ideas. the second part of the workshop will help participants to make plans for growing of winter vegetables.
Tuesday 1st November – Sharing gardening ideas and planning for next year.
This workshop will provide information about planning of the planting, growing and harvesting of vegetables. It will help participants to make preparations to improve their gardening skills and gain better results from growing vegetables.
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The maximum number of participants is 12 people. To register or find out more, please email us on retpaisley@yahoo.com.

Renfrewshire Environmental Trust has received a funding boost thanks to players of a charity lottery. The award of £8,579 by People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity is funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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Renfrewshire Environmental Trust has used the moneyto assist adults with disabilities who are involved in work experience at the Healthy HeartGarden, which is based within the Disability Resource Centre, Paisley. This project provides access to a safe outdoor learning environment for participants to gain gardening skills and increased their physical activity .

The funds provide a new fully, accessible greenhouse to enable the growing of vegetables. This project is undertaken by a partnership between Renfrewshire Environmental Trust, Healthy Heart Garden and with in-kind manual labour from Community Payback at Renfrewshire Council.

Gordon Dickson, a volunteer at the Healthy Heart Garden said; “Thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery, we have achieved a long-term aim of having a large bespoke greenhouse based at the Healthy Heart Garden. This will help to extend the gardening activities during the year, particularly in the winter months. We would also like to thank the Community Payback unit of Renfrewshire Council for their support in completing the preparation of the site and joinery work for the new greenhouse. Their unstinting support for the Healthy Heart Garden has been invaluable.”

People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery, where players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for good causes. As a charity lottery, 50p from every £2 ticket goes to support charities and good causes across England, Scotland and Wales, including People’s Postcode Trust. People’s Postcode Lottery believes in supporting local communities so the money raised stays local to players.

Further information about the project is provided by a new video – go to www.moviemakers.org.uk where the film is entitled ‘Healthy Heart Garden: New Greenhouse’.

The website for the Renfrewshire Environmental Trust at www.retrust.org.uk

This week, the site for the new greenhouse at the Healthy Heart Garden in Paisley was being prepared. Renfrewshire Council’s Community Service Unit has been assisting volunteers with clearing and levelling the site over recent weeks. The installation of the new greenhouse is expected to be completed by the end of March 2015. Another greenhouse is located nearby and it is being repaired. This project is funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

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We are supporting the provision of a new greenhouse and project activities based at the Healthy Heart Garden, Paisley.
A project providing a new greenhouse and project activities based at the Healthy Heart Garden, the Disability Resource Centre, Love Street, Paisley is underway. This is undertaken as a partnership between Renfrewshire Environmental Trust, Healthy Heart Garden and with in-kind manual labour from Community Service Unit of Renfrewshire Council. The beneficiaries are adults with learning disabilities/physical disabilities living in Renfrewshire who lack social skills, self-confidence and work experience who volunteer at the Healthy Heart Garden. There are five regular volunteers. The project is open to local school pupils, and groups interested in gardening. Two workshops will take place with talks about gardening using a greenhouse and raised beds.
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Recipes for making chutneys and sauces will be produced and distributed to pupils and local groups. Access to a safe outdoor learning environment, providing social space to gain Gardening skills and increased physical activity for disabled people. The funds will provide a new fully, accessible greenhouse to enable the growing of vegetables which supports the developing confidence, as well as general health and wellbeing of disabled people accessing the Healthy Heart Garden for gardening and recreation.
Thanks to funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery.