Renfrewshire Council has approved the transfer of a 0.8 acre derelict site in Carbrook Street Paisley to the West End Growing Grounds Association (WEGGA) who will now begin seeking grants of up to £300,000 to transform it into a community garden and growing ground. The ‘WISH Community Garden’, and the Association’s existing temporary growing grounds in Sutherland Street, originate from the WISH Project - West End Is Safer and Healthier  - launched in 2011 by the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Director of Public Health.

WEGGA was, until recently, a sub-committee of Paisley West & Central Community Council but is now a registered charity. Its aims are to improve community health and wellbeing by preventing food poverty, increasing knowledge of cookery and horticulture, and promoting the nutritional benefits of local sustainable own-grown food. It will also encourage community development and cohesion by managing, improving and rejuvenating spaces and buildings for the enjoyment and benefits of members and the local community.

Stuart MacRae, WEGGA Chair, says, “The idea for this site came from a local resident, Andy Doyle. On behalf of him, and many others locally, who have expressed their interest and support, we are delighted that the Council has agreed to transfer ownership. Subject to obtaining, the necessary funding, we hope to complete the first stage in 2018, providing 23 raised beds and 20 ground plots. Membership is free, with modest annual fees for those wishing to grow their own”.

The Association is also seeking an additional permanent site to replace its Sutherland Street growing grounds that are scheduled for housing as part of Renfrewshire Council’s West End Master Plan.

Anyone interested in growing their own food locally should contact WEGGA at
07920 074862   e-mail: [email protected]