The latest edition of BIG Magazine is out now. It’s full of inspiring stories of how our funding is having a huge impact on people, families and communities across Scotland. In Paisley an ambitious children’s nursery has transformed a derelict area of land into a blossoming hub of herbs, shrubs and fruit and vegetables. Run by the Hillview Nursery Parents Management Committee, the group is encouraging local people, young and old to get involved.
Michelle Goodwin, from Hillview Nusery, said “So far we have created three raised allotment beds, each containing a variety of mixed herbs and vegetables and have planted raspberry and gooseberry bushes, hawthorns, Pyracanthas and Rosa which act as a natural boundary around the garden. These have a variety of wildlife such butterflies and insects which the children love.
“On the other side of the allotments, we have planted fruit trees of cherry, apple and pears as well as planting potatoes, tomatoes, rhubarb, and strawberries in the main garden area. We have artistry displayed along the fencing of mirrored bumble bees, butterflies, snails and a metal spider’s web, as well as a metal butterfly and flower blackboards for the children to draw on.
Michelle and the group have already harvested some of their fruit and vegetables from the garden and made some delicious snacks and lunches. Chatting together, the children and staff came up with ideas for the nursery menu as well as creating recipe cards to take home and cook and share the experience within the home.
But the project isn’t just focused on nurturing little green fingers – they have been involved with the wider Hillview community as well, inviting the local church to share in the allotment vision.
Michelle said “Next in the pipeline is building a decked area. A local delivery company have donated pallets to the nursery as material for a large seating area within the allotment grounds where staff, children and families can work, rest and have picnics.”
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