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Concrete Garden

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.


The Concrete Garden is an urban community food growing, play and wellbeing project providing growing space, activities, events and volunteering opportunities for the people of Possilpark and the wider North Glasgow area.

The charity provides the local community with two large community garden spaces and a natural play area for children. Both gardens are used by a range of local groups and individuals including schools, disability groups and those who are long-term unemployed or recovering from drug and alcohol misuse. Overall the charity supports approximately 800 people each year.

The Robertson Trust is a long-term supporter of this charity and most recently awarded a three year grant towards the Project Manager's salary. 

To find out more about the organisation, its work and its award from The Robertson Trust, watch the video below. 

How this fits with our Giving Strategy...

In order to successfully apply for funding under our Giving Strategy 2016-19, applicants must demonstrate how their work will contribute to one or more of the themes within the Trust's three new funding strands.
This application was eligible as a result of its fit with the following theme:
Funding Strand: Strengthening Communities Theme 1: Reducing health and social inequalities in Scotland's communities

What we liked about this project

"This is a really interesting community garden model which has genuinely been developed with and for the local community. We've been really impressed by the Project Manager's passion for and knowledge of Possilpark and it's been fantastic to hear about the impact the project has had on the mental and physical health of many of the area's residents. Through having such a thorough understanding of the area and its needs, the Project Manager has been successful in engaging hard-to-reach groups and creating a resource that has something for everyone. We also love how responsive Concrete Garden is to feedback from those who use it. It really is a great wee project and one that the Trust is proud to support!"

Lesley Macdonald
Head of Giving