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GARDENS OF WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE

ACCESS : All the following gardens are accessible. 

This section highlights the gardens within West Dunbartonshire. These are almost all within parks already covered elsewhere and cross links are provided. Gardens come in a variety of forms. Some are almost incidental. Some landscape highlights are very seasonal. Community Gardens, those that are run by local community members and encourage others to participate in their care and propagation, have a very important role. All are well worth looking out for.

Where these are also covered within sections elsewhere on this website, cross links are given.

We do daffodils very well.

These Council maintained daffodils were photographed in early April. The backdrop is the West Kirk in West Bridgend. ///logs.words.shapes

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BALLOCH PARK & WALLED GARDEN

The Walled Garden is but a small part of the vast park, but it is where you will find a lovely array of flowers and shrubs. It is a favourite of those in the know when the sun is out and so is the wind. The high stone walls over a great deal of protection. 

But don't limit yourself to sitting about here, peaceful though it can be. There are great walks around the grounds. 

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DALMUIR PARK

The duck pond is a bonus. 

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GEILSTON GARDENS

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Situated nearby in Argyll, this is not actually within West Dunbartonshire, but very close to both Dumbarton and Renton. It is after all within what was at one time the historic County of Dumbarton and within the Parish of Cardross. 

They are located just outside of Cardross (on the way to Helensburgh). 

The National Trust for Scotland, under whose management this is, describe them as "a magical 200-year-old walled garden by the River Clyde with playground and floral mini-maze". They invite you to explore this delightful 200-year-old garden on the banks of the River Clyde and enjoy the carpet of dazzling colours inside the walled garden in summer. Look out for the gunnera, or giant rhubarb – its leaves can grow as large as an eagle’s wing span. There is also a ‘Hobbit hole’ play area and floral mini-maze for children. [NTS]

The gardens benefit by enthusiastic volunteers. There is a Friends of Geilston group which aims to promote, protect and preserve the presence of Geilston Gardens, House and Estate to benefit the local community and beyond. [FOG].

It has been announced that the gardens will be open for the 2021  season from Thursday to Monday starting on April the 2nd, until October the 31st. A refreshment take-away facility has been installed selling coffee, cold drinks, ice cream and snacks. 

FRIENDS OF GEILSTON : https://friendsofgeilston.org/

NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND : https://www.nts.org.uk/visit/places/geilston-garden 

WIKIPEDIA : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geilston_Garden

LEVENGROVE PARK

The main planting is around the fountain and presents a great scene particularly in spring.

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MILBURN GARDEN PARK, RENTON

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This park was designed by Christopher Palmer Associates on behalf of the Cordale Housing Association and Vale of Leven Community Nursery project from 1997-2000.

It was intended as more than just a park; for use as an outdoor classroom by the local nursery, Primary and Secondary schools.

The design included a number of artistic features such as carved log benches and pebble paving. The Milburn Burn runs through it. This area of Renton alongside the modern housing of the Cordale area is attractive and in some ways innovative and this was intended to complement it. High ideals were somewhat marred by a period of gross misuse and resultant damage, but with time, the environment has matured and is now again attractive. 

A cluster of "standing stones".

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ROBIN HOUSE GARDEN

This excellent garden is within the grounds of Robin House hospice and there has limited public access, but watch out for their open days. 

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COMMUNITY GARDENS

BONHILL COMMUNITY GARDEN - Created for residents and volunteers, the space is located in Braehead, Bonhill, with the best views of any growing space in West Dunbartonshire. Looking on Loch Lomond and further to Ben Lomond, Residents and neighbours are rejuvenating a previous derelict site. They aim to target children and families, young people, the disabled, people who have become isolated through mental health issues and young people at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity. -  https://www.mylearnandgrow.com/gardens/bonhill-community-gardens.html

Location - Braehead Bonhill

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LOMOND COMMUNITY GARDENS AND ALLOTMENTS - It brings together, wellbeing, outdoor learning, community development, and enterprise in one place. Transforming school and community grounds into vibrant growing spaces that inspire children and families to grow and eat healthy food.

https://www.mylearnandgrow.com/schools/lomondcommunitygardensandallotments/index.html

Location - Lomond Parish Church, 1 Lomond Rd, Balloch, Alexandria G83 8RJ

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RENTON COMMUNITY GARDEN - Coordinated by the Cordale Housing Association 

Contact -  http://rentoncommunitygarden@caledoniaha.co.uk

Location - Glen View, Renton, G82 4DB

This view from the Main Street tenements was taken in January 2022. The entrance gateway with cars to the right is off Glen View.

May 2022 and the garden is looking very promising.

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KNOWETOP - Run by Alternatives - Alternatives Community-based Recovery. Step-by-step, we help people to find their own path towards a fulfilling lifestyle (alternativeswd.org)

Contact - knowetop@alternativeswd.org

Location - Castlehill Road, Castlehill, Dumbarton, G82 5AT

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BELLSMYRE COMMUNITY GARDEN - Founded in 2010 by local residents, Bellsmyre Community Gardens is a substantial community resource providing up to 67 raised beds. The spectacular greenery throughout the Whiteford Avenue plot is a far cry from the derelict space which was once in its place. In 2014, the project was going strong with 40 members giving up their time to bring the garden to life. https://www.mylearnandgrow.com/gardens/bellsmyre-community-gardens.html

Location - Whiteford Avenue, Bellsmyre, Dumbarton G82 3JN

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BOWLING COMMUNITY GARDEN - For a number of years, Scott Avenue residents have been developing and maintaining a small area adjacent to the disused Bowling Railway viaduct in West Dunbartonshire. Once complete, the landscaped area will serve as a communal amenity for use by residents and visitors. Due attention has been given to the garden’s proximity to the Sustrans cycle pathway, the local village hall as well as the historical heritage and situation of the disused Bowling upper station. Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/449934915437736

Location - Scott Avenue, Bowling, G60 5BA

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FAIFLEY COMMUNITY ALLOTTMENTS SOCIETY - A non-profit community run project bringing grow your own to the community.   https://www.mylearnandgrow.com/gardens/faifley-community-allotment-society.html

Location - Skypoint, Lennox Drive, Faifley, Clydebank, G81 5JY

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GROWING BEARDMORE

Location - 89 Beardmore Place, Clydebank, G81 4HU

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WEST BRIDGEND COMMUNITY GARDEN

Contact - Mylene Colquhoun - colquhounm1@gmail.com https://www.mylearnandgrow.com/schools/westbridgendcommunitygardens/our-growing-diary.html and  Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/westbridgendcommunitygardenproject/videos/341324970552153/

Location - West Bridgend, Dumbarton, G82 4AH

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An inspiring and unifying component amongst these community gardens is the Leamy Foundation. While its remit is very much wider, community gardens are a major means of realising their objectives. As they say:

Our vision is to create confident and connected communities and people through the power of our wonderful outdoors and community green spaces. Inspiring people to make positive changes in their lives and communities.

At The Leamy Foundation we have one overriding truth – that people have the power to create places they are proud of with futures full of hope, where anyone can be involved.

Our primary aim is to provide advice and encouragement to people wishing to establish a community garden or food growing activity small or large, or who wish to use our communities green space as sources of positive activities for all our residents.
We are now a collection of up to 45 groups including nurseries, schools, community groups working together to spread the message and share the benefits of local grown food. Since 2016, Growing West Dunbartonshire holds monthly meetings providing residents and groups with support and advice…and the opportunity for a catch up over a tea or coffee.

To find out more, have a look at their website. https://www.theleamyfoundation.com/

 

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