A stunning new community garden has opened on Glasgow’s High Street to replace a temporary growing space.

The beautiful site is near the Victorian neo-Gothic style Barony Hall in High St. The new Greyfriars Biophilic Garden has 11 more growing spaces than the old one and all 56 spaces have been snapped up by growers ranging in age from mid 20s to over 80 years.

The former Greyfriars Garden was set up as part of the council's Stalled Spaces initiative in 2012 and was always intended to be temporary with the Shuttle Street site earmarked for development. With plans now afoot for the area, a new council site has been found for the growers.

Glasgow City Council has leased the new site to Greyfriars Biophilic Garden and it will be managed by the groups committee.

Irene Graham, Secretary, said:

“This is an amazing site. It is truly a gift to us. Everyone loves it here and it is a sheer joy to walk into. It makes you feel good and it is as much about growing community, as it is a growing community. It is very sociable and everyone helps everyone else look after their crops.”

Working with Glasgow City Council Greenspace and Biodiversity team  the group has created 56 raised beds including three accessible beds which a chair or wheelchair can fit beneath. It also has a covered communal seating area and storage units. Reusable items from the old site, like barrels, have been reused as planters.

Anyone interested in applying for a raised bed at the garden should email [email protected]

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