Allotment Project Comes to Fruition at the Botanics

An innovative scheme to help people grow their own fruit and vegetables has been launched at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

The Edible Gardening Project, which aims to get more people growing their own produce, is a joint initiative between RBGE and the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society. It was allocated £65,000 funding by the People’s Postcode Lottery’s Dream Fund.

The scheme, based at RBGE, means that for the first time in the Garden’s 340 year history there is a dedicated plot where communities from across the city can come to learn basic gardening skills and get advice from experienced gardeners. A team of volunteers will be on hand to support people of all ages and backgrounds who would like to grow their own food but don’t know how to go about it.

Project manager, Jenny Foulkes commented: “There has been a great upsurge in the number of people growing their own fruit and vegetables in recent years and this project aims to help even more get involved. Funding from the People’s Postcode Lottery means that the local community now has a vital resource for learning about cultivating their own fresh produce. There will be weekly drop-in sessions as well as the chance for people to visit our vegetable and fruit demonstration area to learn practical skills for growing edible plants.’’

Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lotteries explained “The Edible Gardening Project is open to anyone with an interest in ‘growing their own’. With a dynamic green fingered team and a whole host of workshops and activities planned, the scheme is a fantastic way for a diverse range of communities from across Edinburgh to learn new skills in a very practical and fun way.”

The project will also help communities in the north and west of Edinburgh to develop growing spaces in schools, nurseries, shared tenement gardens, window boxes and containers. An easy-to-follow manual, full of tips and step-by-step instructions will also be produced for would-be growers across Scotland.

Click here for more information on the Edible Gardening Project and latest events.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)