Wheatfield community garden transformed

Richard Millar with son Calum and the council's parks officer, Craig Dunlop in the garden. Picture: Greg Macvean
Richard Millar with son Calum and the council's parks officer, Craig Dunlop in the garden. Picture: Greg Macvean
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A COMMUNITY garden project in the centre of Gorgie is to be transformed as part of the Evening News’ Get It Sorted Together campaign.

Wheatfield Backgreen Association, which has worked to transform green space behind tenements for the last eight years, has been awarded just under £500 to help attract more members and carry out a two-day clean-up of a neglected part of the site.

The money will cover the purchase of gardening equipment, and also compost bins, a butterfly habitat feeder and a pollinating bee log.

The group will also use the grant to pay for educational material, handouts and promotion of their work to encourage more people to get involved.

Grant applicant Richard Millar was “delighted” to hear the group has been awarded the much-needed money.

He said: “This money and publicity will help us attract more residents to our cause and also allow us to organise a big clean-up of the garden.

“In total we have 15 residents who help out on a regular basis and another 10 or 15 come and lend a hand part-time. We have 240 flats around the garden and everyone enjoys the site on a sunny day so if we could get just a fraction of those people to help out we’d be doing great.”

Richard also paid tribute to local resident Eileen Shepherd, who has been heavily involved with the project since its beginning.

He added: “Eileen is out every day and has put loads of effort in even paying for items out of her own pocket.”

City environment convenor Lesley Hinds, said: “This is a great example of people in a community working together to improve their local area. It’s inspiring what can be achieved when a few determined individuals want to make a difference, and I’m very pleased that we are working with the Evening News to provide support and encouragement for grassroots initiatives like this.”

Applications are invited from projects which will help to improve the appearance of neighbourhoods, sort out a local problem for the community, or help create a greener, safer city. Projects will be chosen on a competitive basis by a panel of council officers and the Evening News.

Visit the council website located at www.edinburgh.gov.uk and search for Get It Sorted Together to find an online form.

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