GREAT ideas grow from little seeds – thanks to superstar growers like these young people from the east end.

Helped by passionate gardener Susan Wilson, the tiny team at Westercraigs Nursery have put heart and soul into creating their own allotment.

It’s just one of many projects taking root across the city thanks to the efforts of community champions like Susan.

We know there are many more people out there like Susan, and we want to hear all about them for our 2021 Streets Ahead Awards, supported by Glasgow City Council, City Building, People Make Glasgow Greener and City Charitable Trust.. New for this year is the People Make Glasgow Greener category, created as the city prepares for COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.

Planting has helped create colourful spaces and enhance childrens learning.

Planting has helped create colourful spaces and enhance children’s learning.

We want to reward an individual who gets involved in positive action to ensure the city is greener for all.

Nominations are now open for this and the other categories – Best Clean Up Campaign; Best Community Garden; Glasgow City Council Environmental Initiative; Glasgow City Council Green Business Award; Best Community Initiative and Best School.

It is free to enter, and a fantastic chance to highlight all the great work being done all over Glasgow. The winners will be announced on June 23 at an online event.

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Susan Wilson, whose day job is Tesco Parkhead Community Champion, has made it her mission to help lots of local schools and groups discover the joy of growing. In six years, she has helped organisations like Bridgeton Family Learning Centre, Reidvale Community Allotment and St Anne’s Primary create their own growing spaces.

“This year all schools and nurseries are focused on outdoor learning so it made sense to encourage them to grow with packs of seeds and hands on support,” she explains. “So far 25 schools and nurseries have signed up for my initiative, and are growing flowers and fruit and veg to make playgrounds more colourful, enhance learning and learn about growing food.”

She adds: “I am fortunate to have great support from many, many local businesses who can see the positive impact this is having on our community.”

To nominate yourself or someone else for a Streets Ahead award, visit the dedicated awards website at Entry is free and the closing date for nominations is Wednesday, May 12.