A COMMUNITY garden in Dalmuir was officially opened last week after years of hard work from volunteers and residents.

Growing Beardmore celebrated with a garden produce lunch and an opening ceremony.

The community project consists of members from Link Housing and Cube Housing Association who have contributed to setting up the garden by growing organic fruit and vegetables for residents to use.

Rose Dorman, from Dalmuir, founded the garden three years ago when she wanted to grow her own vegetables but couldn’t due to living in flats.

The 58-year-old got other tenants involved and, although it took time and a lot of hard work for the project to get off the ground, it is well on its way now.

The annual opening of the event attracted a large number of people.

Rose said: “The event was better than expected, much more people turned up than we thought.

“There was a good mix of people, from both housing associations, and from very young to old which was the target as we aim to interest every age group in the garden.”

There was spring bulb planting, opportunities to harvest the produce, raffles, and a lunch including produce from the garden.

Talks about the future, including a neighbourhood environment event to keep the area free of rubbish and ways to keep the community closer, were also discussed.

The project has received funding from Link Housing, the Big Lottery Fund and the Glasgow Airport Flight Path Fund.

And teenagers in the community have even done their bit and helped by building compost bins.

Kelsey Graham, a volunteer, said: “It is a fantastic project and all the local kids get involved helping out and harvesting the produce.”

Contact the group's Facebook page, "Growing Beardmore" for more.