A TRIBUTE garden to famed biologist and town planner Sir Patrick Geddes is to be transformed into a prized community asset as part of the Evening News’ Get It Sorted Together campaign.
Granny’s Green in West Port is set for an overhaul by the Grassmarket Residents Association (GRASS) after the group was announced as the first beneficiary of a £500 award.
Last week saw the News launch its joint campaign with Edinburgh City Council to give people the help they need to carry out these projects, support their local communities and improve their neighbourhoods.
Dedicated volunteers from GRASS successfully applied for funding to make much-needed improvements – such as wall repairs and the addition of handrails – to the popular community garden.
Grant applicant Elspeth Wills said the group was thrilled with the money.
She said: “We are delighted we have been awarded it. It really is fantastic news. The grant will allow us to work on some of the immediate problems like bedding boxes and repairing some of the walls in the terraced garden that need a bit of work, to put it mildly.
“Jobs that are high on the agenda include putting up handrails to make the steps safer for our less-able gardeners who are doing a wonderful job on the site. It is these types of practical jobs that we’ll be able to get to work on quickly thanks to this money.”
Granny’s Green, on the west side of the Grassmarket, was originally part of a traditional wash-house and bleaching green for the army wives on Johnstone Terrace.
Through the hard work of the local community, the council, Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust, work has been carried out to transform it into a green space to commemorate Sir Patrick.
GRASS was established in 2009 by residents of the Grassmarket and surrounding streets for anyone with an interest in the local area.
It aims to foster good community relations, encourage sustainable improvements and engage with any planning and development issues that might affect the area.
It has worked with the council since 2009 over the creation of a community garden at the foot of the West Port.
Frank O’Donnell, editor of the Evening News, said their efforts would be felt by locals and people from the wider community.
He said: “This is a fantastic project that will bring real benefits to residents of the Old Town.
“We are delighted to be able to support it and look forward to seeing more of the exciting ideas which people have got for improving life in their neighbourhoods.”
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.