Grow 73 is a community gardening group who have recently been awarded charitable status for their work to bring the different generations together through shared gardening activities, environmental improvements and events.
Grow 73 secured funding from Tesco’s Bags of Help to create a sculpture trail incorporating themes of art, heritage and environment ‘the Ruglen Ropewalk’ – a project entirely led by Grow 73 volunteers and involving local people from two care homes, a library heritage group, seven primary schools, Grow 73 volunteers and the Community Payback Team.
The project brought together care home residents and local schoolchildren during the story gathering sessions with storyteller, Amanda Edmiston; and Grow 73 volunteers and the community payback team to undertake preparatory works in the park e.g. clearing undergrowth and creation of pathways, prior to the installation of the sculptures by sculptor, Rob Mulholland. Grow 73 volunteers also worked with an illustrator to create a map to accompany the trail which highlights stories of Rutherglen’s heritage and suggests activities which can be based around the sculptures.
The Ruglen Ropewalk sculpture trail and accompanying map has created a fun and educational highlight in a much loved local park for all to enjoy.
Grow 73 are now working with the local council to take on 3 disused bowling greens in Overtoun Park to create a large community garden.