Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners (RAGG)


Sod Cutting

Planted on: February 12, 2014 | by

Residents in Renfrew held a sod-cutting ceremony to mark the start of the construction of our new community garden.  The work will see the transformation of an under-use piece of land in Broadloan, which will become a food growing space which can be used by the whole community, and will be called The Garden of Dreams.

Local children Amber and Kirsty Grievson made the initial cut in the ground, to get the construction work started, and it is expected that the gardens will be opened for the community to use at the end of April. The establishment of the garden has been possible due to Big Lottery funding via the Our Place programme.  Local residents formed the Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners (RAGG), and have worked in partnership with Williamsburgh Housing Association and various other community groups in the area to develop the concept of the project. Pupils at local primary schools were asked to come up with a logo and a name for the gardens.  The winning design, and the name “Garden of Dreams” was submitted by Jack Barnes of St James’ Primary. The Garden of Dreams will have plots for individuals and community groups, as well as a communal food growing area.  There will be a bio-diversity area for wildlife, a composting area, and the whole site will be enclosed by a variety of fruit trees and shrubs. RAGG treasurer Yvonne Robbie explained the aim of the project is to develop food growing and gardening skills for residents, build community spirit and social capital, and increase residents’ knowledge of the health related and economic benefits of food growing. Committee member John McGowan, who has been involved in the project since 2011 said:

“It’s been a rollercoaster but I am overjoyed that the Big Lottery Fund has given us a grant and work has now started on the gardens.  I would like to thank everyone in the community who has given their time over the last couple of years. The benefits delivered by the Garden of Dreams will make a huge difference to all the people of Renfrew.  This project will reach out to every member of the community, young and old, and will provide us all with an opportunity to get involved. The gardens will be a great place to learn, grow, develop new skills, participate in a healthy activity and make new friends. I’m really looking forward to the transformation of the land, and the community will reap the benefits for years to come.”

If you would like to get involved, apply for a plot, or volunteer to contribute to the project you can contact RAGG at: or look for Garden of Dreams on Facebook.

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