South Lanarkshire based charity Grow 73 aims to support local people of all ages and abilities to grow their own produce, learn how to lead more sustainable lives, and to support biodiversity. Through shared gardening activities, environmental improvements and events, the project brings together diverse groups across the age and ethnic spectrum to support and learn from each other as well as improve the health and wellbeing of the community and make Rutherglen the place to be.
In Spring of last year, Glasgow Wood supplied Grow 73 with reclaimed oak whisky casks to be used as part of their ongoing project, the Bee Line Project, creating 22 planters.
Using these barrel planters, Grow 73 created little green oases of nectar rich plants for our amazing pollinators to feed on as they travel around the city. Linking the barrels together, they estimate to have covered an area of around 6.2km. Through establishing these pollination stations, they also created long lasting partnerships with schools, sports clubs, health centres, nurseries and other like-minded organisations. The project was even featured on BBC Countryfile!