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Gardening project takes route with airport funding

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A community garden project in Renfrewshire is set to flourish this Autumn thanks to new funding from Glasgow Airport’s FlightPath Fund.

Capability Scotland has received £10,150 from the airport’s 2015 Challenge Fund to help develop The Hidden Gem Garden Project in West Lane Gardens. The new facility, which is also being supported by Renfrewshire Council and the Baily Thomas Foundation, will offer vital employment experience and personal development opportunities for young people with disabilities living in the Renfrewshire area.

The FlightPath Fund’s grant will be used to purchase new gardening equipment, including a lawnmore, strimmer and polytunnel, and will also go towards building an outdoor learning area which staff, volunteers and other members of the community can utilise in wet weather.

Once the garden is complete this Autumn, the project will provide voluntary work, training and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities. As well as new gardening skills, the project will also offer art and creative skills development opportunities.  Capability Scotland is working in partnership with a range of bodies including the Royal Horticultural Society to deliver training opportunities to the participants.

Elaine Fox, Project Manager at Capability Scotland said:

“This funding will make a huge difference to the garden project. We’re now be able to move forward with our plans to fully develop a gardening enterprise, and the FlightPath funding will also allow the people who use our service to work in all weathers.  We’re incredibly grateful to the FlightPath Fund for this grant which will make a real difference to the community where we are situated in Johnstone.”

Renfrewshire Councillor Iain Nicolson, who sits on the FlightPath Fund committee, said: “This is an incredibly inspiring project which will bring long lasting and tangible benefits to the Renfrewshire community.   I’m delighted the Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund is supporting such a worthwhile initiative. Not only will this donation help people with disabilities to gain education and employment opportunities, it will also bring greater biodiversity and environmental benefits to the area.  The FlightPath Fund’s three focus areas are education, employment and the environment, and this project certainly fits into all three categories.”

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