THE award-winning team at Belville Community Garden are digging in to grow more produce - thanks to a £60,000 grant.

The project has secured more money from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund to continue its impressive work.

They will be handing out planters to people in the area to encourage them to try growing fruit and veg.

The new 'Growing Family' project is part of the plan to cut down on food waste, save money and reduce carbon footprints.

It follows the team's recent victory at the Civic Trust Awards for its biodiversity patch.

Belville Community Garden trustee Laura Reilly: "It is a great boost for us to have secured funds from the fund for a third year.

"We are looking forward to continuing our hard work with the community around Belville and create a legacy of sustainable food growing, increase the proportion of home-grown food and help to reduce people’s carbon footprints.

"We can’t wait to see our fruit and veg planters growing all over Greenock."

The new initiative will be supported by Greenock Prison, with inmates making up the planters.

People living in Greenock central and east will receive a free wooden veg/fruit planter or get to build their own bespoke ones.

Climate Challenge Fund manager David Gunn said: “We look forward to supporting Belville Community Garden Trust as they implement their project."

Meanwhile Provost Martin Brennan has congratulated the Belville team for their Scottish Civic Trust award.

He said: "This is a really prestigious award and the award is just recognition of all their efforts and team’s efforts."