We want to provide activities and events encouraging as many people as possible to visit Granton's 'lost' Castle Garden for the first time this spring and summer. We hope local residents and visitors can take part in its restoration, learn about its fabulous history and dream together visualising its future. Initially the Friends Group would have limited access to parts of the walled garden deemed safe and adjacent to the new door.
We want to host interactive meetings and visitor groups to build upon work undertaken by local residents and need funding for a marquee for exhibitions, community food events and environmental activities.
The 1920's glasshouses have been sadly neglected over the last ten years and are now to be demolished as they have become unsafe. To get growing we need funding to install a modern polytunnel on the footprint of one of the old glasshouses. This would allow growing of crops over a longer season in the sometimes inhospitable Scottish climate!
Growing vegetables, fruit and herbs within the unique heritage environment of a rejuvenated walled garden would create the opportunity for people to participate in something very special.
Click the image below to view an album of images to get an idea of the work that has been ongoing in the walled garden over the summer.
Doors Open Day at Granton Castle Garden - come along and visit the 'last of Scotland's Lost Gardens', a late medieval gem almost forgotten in the most unexpected of places on Granton's waterfront. Take a short tour around the 2 acre walled garden during its earliest phase of community restoration, following a decade or more of leaving it to go wild!
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 "'restoration of Granton Castle Walled Garden'" in the Why did you want to support this park/city fund? field.
You can now donate to 'restoration of Granton Castle Walled Garden' project by TEXT. Just text the project code (GREN65) plus an amount to 70070 – for example: 'GREN65 £1' to donate £1. 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.
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.
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