Greening Our Street are a community project that seeks to improve biodiversity and create in an environment in which the natural world and humans can flourish.
We already manage a much loved. wildflower plot in the Meadows. Visitors have often commented that they want to grow vegetables and a local Primary School are already booked to grow potatoes in the summer. The Community garden and orchard will provide the perfect opportunity for inner city residents to practice horticulture and harvest fresh vegetables.
We believe that the combination of orchard and vegetable plot will improve biodiversity and engage people of all ages. As well as this the project will address food security and loneliness issues, and offer opportunities for developing skills. Once we are up and running with a growing plan in place we will offer cooking lessons!
Start up funds are already in place from South-Central Neighbourhood Partnership for raised beds. This is just a starting point and we are seeking further funds orchard and herb bed, picnic tables, plants and tools.
We’ve listed some suggested donations but if the exact amount you wish to donate is not listed on this page then please visit the Donate to a park page, choose Park Fund and then type a message starting with "Greeing Our Street" in the Why did you want to support this park/city fund? field.
You can now donate to the Grow On - stage one project by TEXT. Just text the project code (MEAD52) plus an amount to 70070 – for example: 'MEAD52 £5' to donate £5. You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. If you wish to Gift Aid your donation please REPLY to the Gift Aid text.
Many thanks to Lynn Hill for a lovely comprehensive design for our new garden – Phase 1 involves a raised herb garden, and clearing turfs for growing potatoes, which are currently being chitted by local schoolchildren.
Phase 2 will bring in the raised beds (made by the Grassmarket Community Workshop) and laying out of the flower borders.
You can see the gorgeous result in Lynn’s perspective drawing!
Updated on: 5th April 2017
We’ve had a wonderful time with 20 and more volunteers of all ages, planting bluebells in the Meadows, as part of our community garden project – bluebells to be enjoyed by all!
This week, the children at Schiennes Primary School will start chitting our tatties and we will get the beds dug in April.
Updated on: 27th March 2017
We are thrilled to have 4 varieties of 100 seed potatoes for our local schoolkids to start chitting… They were provided by the nice folk at Bridgend Community Allotments. And our Garden Team is busy researching the best design for our wee site, by consulting experts and schoolchildren.
We’ll post it up once it’s complete. We also have a date for setting the garden up – 29 April – 10.30 am at the site!
Updated on: 28th February 2017
MyParkScotland provides a safe and easy way to make a donation to support this great project.
To make a donation, click on ‘Support Now’ and select your choice of Gift Level. If you are a UK tax payer, selecting a Level which includes Gift Aid means that we can top up your donation at no extra cost to you. Adding Gift Aid typically means that your online donation of, for example, £10 becomes a park investment of £11.53 (after paying platform and management fees). You need to provide your address to enable us to claim Gift Aid.
Gift Aid is a Government scheme which allows charities to increase the value of donations made to them. Gift Aid makes a huge difference to small charities and local organisations, but if they aren’t registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator and HMRC, they can’t claim Gift Aid (and many that could claim Gift Aid don’t because they find the process too complicated). At MyParkScotland, we take care of the claim process on eligible donations, so that the Friends and community groups can concentrate on the great work they do in our parks.
We use PayPal to manage online donations and they charge a small platform fee for handling donations. We work hard to keep our fees as low as possible to make sure that as much of each donation as possible is invested in our parks. For donations without Gift Aid, at least 92% of your donation is invested in parks. MyParkScotland is a not-for-profit registered Scottish charity (No. SC045424) and any fees taken go towards covering essential operating costs.
You can find out more information about Gift Aid and MyParkScotland fees in the main Small Print section.