A 15-year vision to establish our communities as active Learn and Grow spaces

What is Learn and Grow?

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.


What we do?

Bring people together to;

  • Learn where food comes and how to grow more locally, anywhere.
  • Create plans to make our communities biodiversity hotspots!
  • Encourage enterprise and action.
  • Deliver arrangements to sustain our work and pass it on to others.

Our Story: My Learn and Grow
Exploring Sunflowers in Alexandria Community Gardens

My Learn and Grow Timeline?

How My Learn and Grow has developed over the years


2014

We asked some of our fellow residents about their wellbeing and circumstances.

2014

They wanted community-based activities, accessible in times of need due to challenges associated with loneliness, or anxiety/depression

2015

As a result, the ‘Better Views project’ was established placing access to self help approaches and positive activities at the heart of our community.

2015

We continued to grow the better views project within the West Dunbartonshire community.

2016

The Leamy Foundation delivered Sow and Grow lessons to seven schools and nurseries.

2016

Bellsmyre Community Gardens, working alongside the Royal Horticultural Society’s Campaign for School Gardening, deliver sessions in Dumbarton and Clydebank.

2017

West Dunbartonshire Council Greenspace Team ‘Community Involvement in Neighbourhoods’ project, provided support to these activities.

2017

Funding obtained for a pilot project across 22 schools and nurseries with additional partners, a Learn and Grow Project Development Team was established.

2018

A successful pilot lead to the development of a Learn and Grow website increasing awareness of the fantastic natural habitats readily accessible to our communities.

2018

Bellsmyre Community Gardens delivers Learn and Grow training to Staff, parents and residents

2019

Learn and Grow expands to 32 education centres and provides summer program activities in Bonhill and Whitecrook. Obtained support from Scottish Natural Heritage to pilot their Outdoor Learning in Nature project.

2019

Bellsmyre Community Gardens establish a Learn and Grow training hub.

2020

Learn and Grow delivers Learn and Grow resource to 45 education centres throughout West Dunbartonshire. Weekly Learn and Grow lessons delivered to 31 schools and nurseries per week.

2020

Delivered 1620 workshops, to 4,500 children, parents, and residents. Delivered £3.80 of value for every £1 invested

2021

The future is bright, so keep in touch




Questions? Contact us at info@theleamyfoundation.com