Acrobat Reader

Many reports on the Foundation Scotland are in a .PDF format. If you do not have Acrobat Reader you can download it from the Adobe website

Renfrewshire Environmental Trust

01 July 2014
RET participants put up bird box

Renfrewshire Environmental Trust (RET) established in 1997, is the local umbrella body for the environment in Renfrewshire, supporting sustainable development projects in the area. RET supports volunteers and community groups interested in improving their greenspace, community gardens, wildlife habitats, walking and cycling routes, play parts, sports facilities, heritage sites and listed buildings. They have a long standing relationship with Renfrewshire Council and a good history of community engagement, working directly with between 80 and 100 people each year.

The group applied to the ScotRail Foundation for a funding to contribute to the costs of a sessional gardening tutor to provide learning, training and volunteering opportunities for adults with learning and physical disabilities living within Renfrewshire through their Fork to Fork Training and Learning Project. The project is based at West Lane Gardens in Johnstone where a garden and accessible greenspace is being developed for the local community. The funding enabled  RET to deliver a series of 6 gardening sessions provided by the tutor, supporting 4 participants with a disability to access training accredited by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

Since receiving the funding, the trainees have learned gardening skills including: digging, cultivating and preparing pots; composting; seed growing; propagation; potting; plant care; harvesting and they also put up a bird feeder and discussed birdlife in the garden.  

Company Secretary, Martha Wardrop said, “Without the ScotRail Foundation community grant, we wouldn’t have been able to provide this training. The trainees loved it and they have a certificate to show what they learned. They can now use these skills for volunteering in community gardens or progress to access employability projects.”

In the future, the trainees would like to develop the Milliken Park Railway Station and have already carried out an initial consultation with Renfrewshire Access Panel, Corseford School, Capability Scotland and the Disability Resource Centre to share ideas. The survey identified key activities which would improve the station environment, such as planting flowers and additional grounds maintenance. 

Tweet this article
Powered By WorldPay

Site managed by Concept