A BARRHEAD charity that helps people with additional needs has been named as a finalist in a national award for having the best community garden or greenspace.

Include Me 2 Club's Allotment Angels will be up for the accolade for their gardening project Reidvale Community Allotments which brings together gardening, growing, socialising and landscaping to Glasgow.

In addition to the prestigious award, a public vote has now opened for the 'People's Choice Award' where an online poll will determine which of the 30 finalists will receive the extra honour in recognition of their work in making their local area better places to live.

Project Leader for Allotment Angels Susan Wilson said: "We're over the moon to be shortlisted. It's absolutely amazing, especially because it's national across the UK.

"We took it on from nothing, it started out at an Include Me Too Club on a Monday night and grew from there. Since then, there's been thousands and thousands of hours work put in.

"Adam who works with us so many challenges and severe learning difficulties, he's put in over 1000 hours since April. The two of us will be going down to London for the awards event in London next month, but we're just so happy to be one of the three finalists after 700 nominations where only four were in Scotland."

The Groundwork Community Awards were launched by the charity in 2017 to honour small community groups making a big difference to everyone’s quality of life and to celebrate and reward groups who often get little recognition and support. Nominations were assessed by a panel of independent experts and all finalists have been invited to attend a national awards ceremony hosted by BBC presenter and Groundwork Ambassador, Georgina Burnett on November 21 where the winners will be announced.

You can vote for the 'People's Choice Award' at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GWPeoplesChoice19