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Gartnavel Site Hosts New SAGE Community Growing Space

October 24, 2012 9:51 AM

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The “Good Life” has come to the Gartnavel campus with a Sow and Grow Everywhere (SAGE) initiative that is offering patients, staff and the local community a chance to explore the new community growing space on the hospital campus.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has joined forces with urban food growing project SAGE (Sow and Grow Everywhere) to install award-winning growing cubes at Gartnavel Royal Hospital.

This innovative partnership has transformed NHS land into a vibrant, valued space for the whole community. The productive plots are tended by patients, staff and volunteers who are learning to grow fresh, seasonal vegetables throughout the winter.

First-time growers are welcome and green-fingered volunteers are enjoying Saturday horticulture workshops with SAGE gardeners. The first ‘Winter Planting’ workshop was held last Saturday and attracted lots of interest. On Saturday, 27th October, the group will be learning how to make great compost and a ‘Wildlife and Weeds’ workshop is to follow on Saturday, 3rd November, 2-4pm.

Kathryn VandenBerg, SAGE Project Co-ordinator, said: “The Saturday sessions are a great way to explore the growing space, meet other growers and find new ideas for your own garden. We are looking forward to introducing the project to the local community and want to encourage people to take on plots.”

Catriona Renfrew, Director of Corporate Planning and Policy, was instrumental in getting the pilot project organised. A keen gardener herself she is delighted that NHS green space is being cultivated to grow food and that the project is encouraging staff, patients and the local community to grow their own seasonal vegetables.

She said: “There is a big demand for allotments in and around Glasgow and when a number of our staff raised the issue of developing better use of our green space we got in touch with SAGE.

“We hope that anyone who gets involved with the project, particularly the patients, will benefit therapeutically and also enjoy a sense of achievement from growing food that is going to end up on their dinner plates.”


Notes to Editors
SAGE is a joint venture between public arts charity NVA and landscape architects ERZ in partnership with key stakeholders including the Glasgow & Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership, The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Robertson Trust, The Tudor Trust and Glasgow Life.

For further information either telephone 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected].  

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