LoveMilton celebrate completion of Milton Community Garden

The time has come for our LoveMilton participants to celebrate the completion of another course. Working hard over 12 weeks, our participants have finished labour at the Milton Community Garden where they built a timber frame shelter and disabled access compost toilet; the first of it’s kind in the North of Glasgow.

Participants came from both Milton and beyond and taking part on the project, the ninth of its kind run by LoveMilton, they got the opportunity to gain their CSCS cards and John Muir Awards, whilst making the garden more accessible to the public and an attractive space.

Everyone getting themselves organised for the hard work ahead...hope the sun stays out!

Staying true to LoveMilton’s aim to improve the area in an eco-friendly way, this build was completed using reclaimed materials and the garden will also help to provide food for the local community through the fruit and vegetables planted.

 An inside shot of the polytunnel constructed by North Glasgow Community Food Iniative which will be home to some tasty vegetables.

Completion of the Milton Community Garden timber frame shelter allows members of the community to be in the garden all year round, come rain or shine there is a shelter for the public to continue working making the garden a prime location in Milton. The bright colours of the garden alongside the fresh food makes it even more appealing and is a testament to the hard work put in by everyone involved.

 Good progress being made on the disabled access toilet by everyone taking part.

A celebration event for participants was held at the garden where everyone who donated their time to take part in the course was congratulated on their progress and awarded their CSCS cards, building at heights certificate and some members of the group were given John Muir Awards.

Some of our great team during the celebration, well done to everyone involved you all did a fantastic job.

To gain the John Muir Award our participants got the chance to team up with Wild By Nature and take canoeing trips on Loch Lomond every Thursday they took part on the course. It was great fun working on site two days a week and heading to Loch Lomond to canoe and soak up those amazing views.

Great views of LoveMilton participants having a fantastic time on loch Lomond, thank you Wild By Nature!

Everyone who took part on the course worked extremely hard, sometimes in weather that would make you want to stay in bed all day! It is great to see everyone complete the project with a great set of new or improved skills and qualifications; the skillsets will help provide participants with the opportunity to get paid work and help on our self-build community centre come the time.

LoveMilton courses provide everyone with the opportunity to improve their CV, learn transferable skills, and work with an interesting and exciting group of people from all backgrounds. We will continue to run our free courses and we have big plans organised for 2015.