SUMMER is over and cold weather is on the horizon, but the winners of George Street’s luxurious pop-up gardens have insisted they are not ready to head indoors just yet.
Anxiously waiting on the delivery of their lush prizes, Murrayburn Primary School and Forthview Day Service didn’t quite know what to expect, but when the van drew up with their brand new colourful oases they were in awe.
The Evening News teamed up with Dobbies Garden Centres in early August to give two lucky winners the chance to take home George Street’s “parklets” – parking spaces that were transformed into urban pop-up gardens during the Fringe and were a huge hit with visitors.
Entrants were asked to write a short letter or e-mail explaining why they, or an organisation, deserve to win one of the gardens.
After close deliberation, Murrayburn Primary School and Forthview Day Service were selected as the winners, and the pop-up spaces were uplifted and delivered straight to their doorstep.
Specialists from Dobbies then unpacked the gardens and demonstrated how to care for the plants and shrubs.
Pupils at Murrayburn Primary School were “overjoyed” with their new prize, according to headteacher Catherine Lynch, after their outdoor classroom was brutally burnt down earlier this year.
She said: “We used to have a single decker bus that we used as our outdoor classroom but vandals broke in and set it on fire earlier this year.
“The kids were all really upset but the parents have done all they can to try and help out.
“Winning this competition has been all down to them and the new garden space is absolutely fabulous.”
Visitors at Forthview Day Service in Currie, which caters for people of all ages with multiple disabilities, have also been enjoying their new garden space.
Linda Finnigan, a community support worker, said: “I saw the competition advertised on the Evening News Facebook page and thought to myself, it’s actually what our day care service could be doing with.
“We’ve always had a great garden space but we struggle to make the most of it both financially and practically.
“Throughout the year we always use the garden and our service users love being outside – so this prize will make a really big difference.”
Linda’s daughter, Michaela, wrote a poem about the day care centre’s withering garden, that caught the eye of the judges.
Linda added: “Everyone treasures the garden so myself and my daughter came up with the idea of writing a poem about the garden to ensure our entry stood out.”
A Dobbies spokesperson said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of applicants for our Parklets competition with the Evening News, but our winners really struck a chord with our judging panel.
“We’re delighted we’re able to help Murrayburn Primary and the Forthview Project add colour to their outdoor space. We hope that the children enjoy out of their new garden spaces.”