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City of Edinburgh Council: Allocate Space in Harrison Park For a Community Garden

Gardening and food-growing knowledge builds confidence in people. That confidence can lead to all sorts of exciting things; children who learn how to garden are then able to teach their friends, or their siblings and parents. There is a distinct lack of land in Edinburgh for growing produce, and most allotment waiting lists are on average 5 years .

We are doing something on a much smaller level, but encourage anyone and everyone to get involved, and hopefully inspire people to grow their own food as well.

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Trees Not Trash has landed in Scotland! by Kate Gilliam

We have started the first of TNT Edinburgh’s community green spaces, on a stretch of unused land adjacent to the Union Canal in the Shandon area of Edinburgh. This piece of land is generally overgrown with a forest of stinging nettles, so we are transforming it into usable growing space. We have chosen this spot for its high pedestrian traffic and proximity to water, and have so far enjoyed great support and met many keen gardeners who have been dropping by to help out with our Sunday gardening days! We garden every Sunday from 11am onwards.

So far we have built 3 vegetable beds, and have planted crops chosen for their winter hardiness: kale, black radishes, oriental greens, spinach, cauliflower and rocket. We have also planted an apple tree and a berry bush and plan on much more.

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