Best Practice

Urban Roots, South Glasgow – Food for Thought

Partnership working to develop skills based programmes around food growing and cookery with local communities.

Urban Roots is a community led environmental charity working across the Southside of Glasgow, empowering local people to make choices and lifestyle changes that are beneficial for them, their communities and the environment.

Urban Roots has transformed numerous derelict or unused green spaces into thriving, blossoming community gardens where herbs and vegetables, fruit and flowers can be grown.  This makes the area look more attractive, helps to create well used, safe social places and brings people together.

Malls Mire woods has been changed from a neglected site for fly-tipping, into a thriving community run Local Nature Reserve, with an exciting program of conservation work, therapeutic activities and outdoor adventure play for children.

Urban Explorers after school clubs and Into the Woods holiday programs run in community gardens and woodlands across the Southside, using the outdoor setting to support children to play and learn outside.

The Great Grub program has grown to involve six week cookery courses, community meals, drop in weekly cookery clubs and provision for REHIS qualifications.

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