What is a learn and grow space

Our Growing space

Our outdoor spaces are Learning Spaces... They are much more than that.

We are surrounded by the most fantastic natural heritage resources

We help people and families explore our outdoor spaces as sources of fun and learning. Whether it’s learning how to grow fruit and veg in our local green spaces or exploring our woodlands and landscapes, we want to help people to become active participants taking care of their community and the wider environment.

Soft fruits

1. Soft fruits are totally amazing and easy to grow.

Raspberries, blackberries, hybrids, currants, gooseberries, blueberries, cranberries and lingonberries, goji berry.

Soft fruit is full of vitamins and other nutrients that are good for you. Soft fruits are super fruits: Fibre, vitamin C, folic acid, iron, magnesium and potassium.

Which soft fruit have more vitamin C than oranges, more iron than steak?

Tell us which soft fruits you would like to grow and why?


2. Scotland has about 2,000 species of flowering plant.

From Scots bluebells to bog myrtle, bell heather to the iconic thistle, the flowers of Scotland thrive - enjoying the rainfall more than the visitors do.

Which Scottish wildflower is found nowhere else in the world?

Tell us which wildflowers you would like to grow and why?


3. Home composting is the most environmentally-friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste, plus it produces compost that can be used as an excellent soil improver.

What breaks down the waste veg and grass into Compost?

Fruit orchard

4. In addition to the well-known apple orchard, plums, pears, damsons, cherries and quince are all grown in orchards, and cobnuts (a type of cultivated hazel)

What would be growing in your orchard?

Who first brought sweet apples and pears to Britain?

Raised beds

5. Raised beds are a great way of growing a wide range of plants, and are particularly popular for growing fruit and vegetables. They are a good way of boosting drainage and can be used to introduce a different soil type to your garden.

Raised beds are also a useful way to garden if you have restricted mobility, as they reduce the need to bend.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of raised beds when growing veg?


6. Our communities have access to many different types of woodlands, natural, semi natural or coniferous.

Some contain small pockets of ancient woodland up to 250 years old such as Auchnacraig Woods, Auchentorlie Wood and Kilpatrick Braes, Pappert Wood, Crosslet House Woodland, Murroch Glen, Nobleston Estate Wood, Stoneymollan Road Wood, Poachy Glen, Alexandria Woods, Whiteleys Wood, Cochno Hill (and surrounds) and Overtoun Estate Woods

How many community woodlands do we have in West Dunbartonshire?

Wildlife coridoors

7. A wildlife corridor is a natural space which joins two or more larger areas of similar wildlife habitats.

Corridors allow for the movement of animals, insects and wildlife and the continuation of healthy populations.

Name a few wildlife corridors in West Dunbartonshire?

Green spaces

8. Greenspace is any vegetated land or water within an urban area; this includes parks, gardens, playing fields, children’s play areas, woods and other natural areas, grassed areas, cemeteries and allotments, green corridors like paths, disused railway lines, rivers and canals and derelict, vacant and contaminated land which has the potential to be transformed.

Green spaces have so many possible uses and benefits to our communities such as

Breathing Spaces - oases of calm amidst city bustle, space to unwind

Healthy Spaces - inviting places which encourage us to get active

Living Spaces - attractive spaces on our doorsteps

Meeting Spaces - communal places encouraging communities to come together

Play Spaces - safe places where children can adventure, explore and imagine

Working Spaces - attractive places where people want to live and work

Learning Spaces - natural grounds for lifelong learning

Wild Spaces - informal places that welcome nature back to our cities

Celebration Spaces - gathering places where people come together for events and activities

Creative Spaces - inspirational places encouraging creativity in an outdoor setting

Growing Spaces - productive places that nourish and sustain communities and individuals

Learn and Grow space