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Get the kids outside this summer holiday!

Children listless with the same old, same old? Fed up of trips to cinemas and soft-play and the local park? Whilst we bask in this glorious weather, why not think about packing up a picnic and heading out into the great outdoors for fun and adventure?

Yep, it's my kids again...

Yep, it’s my kids again…

Here are some excellent events happening around the area over the next few weeks:

1. Volunteering at Bothwell Community Garden

Come along on Wednesdays and Sundays at 2pm and show your children how they can play a vital part in keeping our garden looking lovely. They can help to water the plants or wash plant pots in the sunshine; and we have a number of books in the office to help them if they would like to go bug-hunting or flower spotting at the bee and butterfly borders, the woodland walks or the orchard. Spotting sheets are also available at the brilliant Nature Detectives site.

Bring a picnic, and enjoy basking in our sun-trap in front of the potting shed!

(Please ask children not to step on or pick any of the flowers or plants; and we ask that children are closely supervised by an adult if they wish to go down to the bog garden).

2. Nature Explorers at the David Livingstone Centre

Every Tuesday at 1.30pm. £2.00 per child, adults free. Meet at the shop. Please see my review for more information on this excellent activity.


3. Spinning A Yarn – Summer Storytelling And Picnic at The Children’s Garden

Based within the beautiful Glasgow Botanic Gardens, The Children’s Garden is a delightful, safe space for children to come and grow together. On Sunday July 28th, 12pm to 3pm. Free, though donations gratefully received

This time, storyteller Wendy Woolfson will join the children in the willow tunnel. Throw her your thoughts and she’ll weave them into stories. Bring a picnic or food to share. Come, relax, play and enjoy the sunshine and bounty of the garden.


4. Chatelherault Country Park

The park is hosting both a drop in art club on Tuesdays and a drop in activity club on Thursdays until early August. Details can be downloaded as a PDF document here.


5. Wild Woodland Adventures Children’s Festival

Saturday August 3rd, 10am to 5pm. Join the Scottish Wildlife Trust at the Falls of Clyde for a fun packed day. For costs and to book, please call 01555 665262 or contact


Other great places we have on our doorstep to explore include the stunning Bothwell Woods and Clydeside Walk to Bothwell Castle; Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge; Kittochside Museum of Scottish Rural Life (the visit to the working farm is amazing) and Calderglen Country Park in East Kilbride; Greenbank Gardens NTS (just outside Clarkston); or why not take a stroll down the Glebe and find out how Bothwell’s very own new woodland at Bothwellpark is coming along?

We would love to know how you are spending your summer – drop us a line at and let us know what you and your children would recommend – if you have any photos of great days out, either at the community garden or further afield, that you’d like to see on this website do please send them in, we’d love to see them!




Extended Opening Times – Part Two!



We will be open for plant sales


Bedding and container plants

Sweet Peas

Stunning hanging baskets

(Large mixed £12.00; medium serfinia £7.00)


Plants attractive to bees and butterflies

Vegetable plants

including windowsill parsley and chives, lettuce and brassicas

Tuesday 28th May— Friday 31st May




Gardening for Scottish Wildlife – A Walk and Talk with Ranger Alasdair Taylor

Wild in the Woods, Wild in the Garden

The Organic Growers of Bothwell and Brighter Bothwell

Woodlands, Health and Wildlife Gardening Project


A Walk and Talk with Alasdair Taylor



On Saturday 8th June meet at Bothwell Community Garden at 1.30 pm to take part in a walk highlighting gardening for Scottish wildlife and learn how you can make your garden attractive to birds, bees and butterflies.  By using the right plants and techniques you can create a tiny but vital slice of wild woodland on your doorstep.


This event will start with a short walk in Bothwell Woods, followed by a guided tour of our garden to see our own wildlife garden areas. Alasdair Taylor, the ranger taking this walk, will include storytelling about the folklore of some of the plants which grow in our local area.

Sturdy footwear and rain jackets are probably advisable judging by our weather so far this year! Please note that dogs, with the exception of assistance dogs, cannot be permitted entry to the Community Garden.



This project is supported by the Forestry Commission Community Seedcorn Trust.

Extended opening times at the garden this week!


A huge thank you to everyone who – like these young ladies – kept a spring in their step and came along, despite the weather, to our Open Day. It was lovely to see so many new faces and have the chance to chat to you all.


Enormous thanks also go to Zero Waste Scotland and the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association who came along; and everyone who volunteered their time to help out on the day, provided absolutely delicious home-baking and preserves, donated prizes to the tombola and helped take photographs of the event (thank you Marjory and Ann).

We understand that the inclement weather may have made coming along difficult, and with that in mind we have decided to give you all more chances to come along and purchase plants. We have beautiful bedding and container plants; a selection of gorgeous perennials; native wild flowers attractive to bees and butterflies; vegetable plants and, once again, our stunning hanging baskets designed and created by the garden volunteers. With prices starting at just 30p per plant, we are a fraction of the price of the garden centres – and we are local so no need to get in the car!

We will be open between 2.00pm and 3.30pm every day this week, so do please drop by and visit us. Again, we regret that we are unable to allow dogs into the garden, with the exception of assistance dogs.





Dates for your Diary 2013

Dates you don’t want to miss in 2013

Sunday 12th May 2013


Seed Bombing Day at Bothwell Park Woods

Saturday 18th May


Bothwell Community Garden Open Day

Saturday 8th June


Gardening for Scottish Wildlife (part of the Wild in the Woods, Wild in the Garden Woodlands, Health and Wildlife Gardening Project). Learn how to bring more birds, bees and butterflies to your garden by using the right plants and the right techniques to bring a tiny but vital slice of woodland outside your door.

Sunday 23rd June


The Big Lunch UK – An Eden Project – come together with friends and family, bring a picnic and have lunch at the garden in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.

Saturday 14th September


Open Day for the brilliant Bothwell Scarecrow Festival – stalls, refreshments and home baking – visitors welcome!

Sunday 22nd September


Wild Chef in The Woods (part of the Wild in the Woods, Wild in the Garden Woodlands, Health and Wildlife Gardening Project) – learn to safely and responsibly identify and harvest wild food, and join us for a wild food cookery demonstration at the garden.

Sunday 6th October


Woods for Healing: Herbal Medicine from wild plants (part of the Wild in the Woods, Wild in the Garden Woodlands, Health and Wildlife Gardening Project).

Sunday 27th October


The return of Spooky Sunday – time to have spooky Hallowe’en fun and games in the garden as night falls!

Remember – the volunteers meet each Sunday and Wednesday at 2pm; and there are jobs for everyone, regardless of ability! We would love to see you at the garden – tea, coffee, juice and biscuits (and sometimes even cake!) are provided.

Seed Bombing Day at Bothwell Park Woods

Join us for a seed blitz!

Sunday 12th May 2013


Bothwell Community Garden at 1.30pm


Bothwell Park Woods (access via lane at the side of the Gopal Garage, New Edinburgh Road) at 2.00pm


As part of The Organic Growers of Bothwell and Brighter Bothwell’s ‘Wild in the Woods, Wild in the Garden’ Woodlands, Health and Wildlife Gardening Project; we are inviting you to join us to visit the fantastic new Forestry Commission Woodland at Bothwell Park. The Forestry Commission have planted 20,000 new trees on the land which was formerly used as a municipal landfill site; and it promises to be a wonderful green space that future generations will treasure.

The purpose of our visit is to plant native wildflower plug-plants and throw wildflower ‘seed-bombs’ into those areas of woodland difficult to reach. This will prove invaluable at increasing biodiversity and providing vital habitat for bees, butterflies, and other local fauna. The walk will be led by ranger Alasdair Taylor, and kindly supported by the Forestry Commission’s Community Seedcorn Fund.

So don your sturdy shoes and join us for a fun family afternoon out in the fresh air ‘blitzing’ Bothwell, and helping bees and butterflies in the process!


Bothwell Community Garden Open Day 2013


The Organic Growers of Bothwell are delighted to announce that we will be opening our doors (well, gate!) to the public on SATURDAY MAY 18th 2013 for our May Open Day from 10.00am to 4.00pm.

This is always a really fun, popular event which lets members of the community come along and find out about all aspects of the garden, organic growing, bee-keeping, waste reduction and recycling. This year, we will have a number of stalls including:

– Vegetable and herb plants and flowers for hanging baskets and bedding plants
– Perennials
– Garden essentials such as soil improvers, organic slug control and fertilisers
– Wonderful home baking
– Refreshments
– The ever-popular tombola

We are also delighted that we will be joined by the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association, who will be on hand to answer all your questions about how we can help protect these fascinating creatures.

Garden members – We would love volunteers on the day to help out on the stalls and we plead again for more of your delicious home baking, jams and chutneys. If you can help out in any way, even if it’s just for half an hour, please do let Anne know.

We do hope you can come along and join us – and let’s hope the sun is shining as beautifully as it was last year!

The Organic Growers of Bothwell regret that we cannot allow dogs into the garden, with the exception of assistance dogs. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.