October Work Sessions

Hello and thanks to the new flux of Willowbank Energy!

Sunny autumnal days have brought beautiful progress to the land of Willowbank... 
New developments... 
Tidying up the leaf litter and pruning the Hawthorn Tree... 

Tending the raised beds by harvesting the onions, tatties, kale and garlic... These beds will be replanted in crop rotation and the soil will be organically conditioned towards nurturing a bonnie harvest next year... 

Come along to our Sunday work sessions 1 til 3pm... 
There will be a Community Open Day on the 9th November... more information coming soon... 
We also hope to host weekday work sessions for those busy bees on a Sunday who canny make it as well as our Thursday Wood-working sessions with Galgael... 
More updates on this coming soon...

Kind wishes from the Willowbank Gardeners 




Job Opportunity with...



Are you a student of Glasgow University? 
Are you interested in promoting sustainability to the university?
Curious to research for innovative projects which help improve the environmental practice of the campus and the community? 
Passionate about communicating environmental issues? 
Feel you can commit at least 12 hours per week?  

Then apply to be part of The Glasgow University Environmental Sustainability Team.... 
This is a paid part time work placement scheme for university students.
Amongst the nine roles we are recruiting for is the Willowbank Garden Supporting position.



GUEST is the student-led environmental sustainability body of the University of Glasgow. We work to encourage collaborations between management, academics, students, and social and environmental organisations within the wider local community. 

It is our principal aim to improve the environmental practice of the University of Glasgow. We strive to encourage positive transformations as a means to promote sustainability across all levels of the University establishment. 
Our vision is to achieve an action-oriented University sustainability policy by empowering the community within and without, to be aware of and open to positive ecological change. We aim to inspire the community to participate in sustainability policy-making and implementation at the university.

An ecologically aware lifestyle is potentially available to everyone; sometimes all it requires is a catalyst. This is where GUEST extends its hand, encouraging a culture of thinking and behaving with environmental responsibility, providing flexible options for varying lifestyles, and giving rise to nurture and growth of self.

PHOTOS | Willowbank in Spring

Some photos of Willowbank in all of its beautiful spring glory on a sunny day back in early May...












REVIEW | Willowbank Stall!


Today we were at the Fraser Building at Glasgow Uni to talk to the students and staff about how they can get involved in the Willowbank Community Garden project! We had lots of interest and got a bunch of new people signing up to our mailing list. If you've not joined already, be sure to send an email to willowbankgarden@gmail.com

REVIEW | Work Session 16.03.14

This week we were lucky to have a load of free woodchips delivered to the garden by Colin Hunter: Tree Surgeon. The woodchips have been used to cover the children's play area of the garden. There are also plenty of free woodchips left over for anyone who wants to help themselves!


PHOTOS | Last session at Galgael

Some of the fruits of our labour, building signs and a noticeboard for the garden...























UPDATE | Woodworking at GalGael

For the past three weeks, a group of volunteers from Willowbank have been meeting every Thursday at GalGael in Govan, to build a noticeboard and signs for the garden out of wood.
During the first session, we were introduced to using tools in the workshop. The second session involved practicing carving, and at our third session we began work on the sign itself, carving the words 'Welcome to Willowbank' into a beautiful piece of wood. We also got to use a great tool to burn words into the wood!

One of our volunteers, Michael, has created an amazing design for the noticeboard itself! This is what we're aiming towards...


The workshops are a great opportunity for our volunteers to learn woodworking skills in a relaxed and friendly environment - for free! If you'd like to participate in these work sessions, you can join our Facebook group, or drop an email to willowbankgarden@gmail.com.







REVIEW | Guerrilla Gardening Workshop

As part of Go Green Week, the Willowbank Community Garden teamed up with Xchange Scotland to host a guerrilla gardening workshop! Participants learned all about the philosophy of guerrilla gardening before getting stuck in to making some seedbombs and moss graffiti, as well as upcycling used containers into plant pots! :)

A lovely video of the workshop was also made which you can watch here!