Get the dirt on dirt at the Botanics

Roll-up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with the experts when the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) celebrates World Soils Day in the John Hope Gateway visitor centre on Saturday, December 5.

Representatives from RBGE’s Edible Gardening Project, the James Hutton Institute and the British Society of Soil Science will be on hand with displays, demonstrations and muddy activities for all ages, thanks to funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

“Every gardener knows good, rich, soil is the foundation for growing healthy plants”, explained Jenny Foulkes, Project Manager of the Edible Gardening Project. “But when we look at problems such as droughts, hunger and erosion it’s easy to forget how crucial soil is to the way we live our lives.

“This funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery means we can get our hands dirty and celebrate soil in a fun way, learning more of its mysteries and appreciating its important role in the making of our foods, fuels and fibres.”

Running from 12:00 to 15:00 this event is free of charge, open to  all ages and no booking is required.

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