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Urban Roots

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Grantee - Urban Roots

What are we going to do?
The Growing Connections Project will develop and deliver an ambitious green spaces improvement and engagement plan in Toryglen, with local people and other third sector organisations.  The project will link green space activities in Polmadie Plots Community Gardens and Allotments, Malls Mire Local Nature Reserve, Toryglen Community Base and the green corridors that link these areas.  Activities will include volunteering groups to grow food and improve local biodiversity, out of school activities for children and young people, community events and gatherings, taster sessions to encourage wider participation and Citizen Science and training activities to develop skills and knowledge.

Where the  idea for the project come from
Urban Roots has been working with local people for the last eight years to improve the environment in Toryglen.  The success of this work has led to our involvement in projects to empower people to improve their local environment and their health and well being in communties across the Southside of Glasgow.  The idea for the Growing Connections project grew out of a desire to increase the impact and quality of our work in Toryglen and bring further transformation to the area and people’s lives.  Ultimately we hope that the successes of this project work can then be replicated and shared in other areas of our city.

How communities have helped us develop our ideas
Urban Roots was originally started by three local people who wanted to change the area for the better.  Since then local people have remained active on our board and steering group and have shaped our project proposal. Urban Roots volunteers have designed plans for community gardens in Toryglen and have been crucial in building and planting new areas and are enthusiastic about expanding and improving the natural landscape areas looked after.  Partner organisations have recently consulted widely with local residents and community groups about their hopes and aspirations for the area which has informed the development of this project.

How the project fits into the bigger picture
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