Grant will help grow communal spirit of residents

Claire Kirkland of the Piershill Square East community garden project. Picture: Toby Williams
Claire Kirkland of the Piershill Square East community garden project. Picture: Toby Williams
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A COMMUNAL garden project manned by green-fingered neighbours in the centre of Piershill is to be transformed as part of the Evening News’ Get It Sorted Together campaign.

Residents of Piershill Square East, who have worked to transform green space behind tenements for the last two years, have been awarded £500 to install raised vegetable beds and an outside tap.Long-handled shears plus soil and compost will also be purchased with the much-needed funds.

Resident and gardener Claire Kirkland, who applied with her neighbour Maureen Welsh, was “delighted” to hear the group has been awarded the cash.

She said: “We have bordered the back wall and we try to plant flowers which will attract bees and insects.

“The communal green pathway at the back of the building is a pleasant area for people to walk along with their dogs and, most importantly, get to know one another. A friendly atmosphere has been created between neighbours, all of whom are pleased and proud of the positive change.”

The project has already seen courgettes, spinach and herbs grown in troughs, while the back gardens of numerous properties have been transformed. It is hoped that the grant money and the changes it brings about will encourage more people to get involved.

Ms Kirkland said: “Our next project is to build raised beds for more vegetables. To be able to fill the beds with soil would be tremendous as it may encourage other residents to do the same, especially those with children, who I’m sure would enjoy digging, planting and eating their own home-grown vegetables – or even looking for worms and beasties.”

Other communities to benefit from the scheme include members of Polwarth Parish Church, who are to repaint railings that have fallen into disrepair; Wheatfield Backgreen Association; and Grassmarket Residents Association, which is set to overhaul Granny’s Green in West Port.

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.

City environment convener 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.”

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