Here are some case studies of how donations to the Botanics Response Fund can help us support the community:

Creating Spaces for Families

Louise and her son, Rocco, are one of the many families that receive support from Kindred and have found a haven in the Botanic Cottage. Of her experience, Louise says, ‘We’ve only ever had a warm welcome and have never been made to feel awkward – right from the entrance to the gardens to the Cottage.’ Our Gardens are exploring new ways to safely welcome our community groups back to the Garden, and staying connected with them in the interim.

 

Image credit: Malcolm Cochrane ©MalcolmCochrane Photography/Inspiring Scotland - for Kindred Advocacy. 

Connecting Communities through Gardening

Networking Key Services (NKS) has been partnering with the Edible Gardening Project and Botanic Cottage for the past five year. Holding core values of equality, democracy and participation, NKS works with the Garden to improve the health and welfare of South Asian women living in the Edinburgh area. The Garden plays an integral role in bringing this group together, offering a space to grow, harvest and cook together.

 

Image credit: Elinor Leslie - for Networking Key Services Ltd. 

Sharing Our Harvest

Even when the Garden was closed, we adapted to continue serving our local communities. While the supermarkets were struggling to meet demand over the pandemic, we harvested organic vegetables and herbs from the Edible Gardening Project and supplied food parcels via daily hot meal provisions for disadvantaged families, as well as through a fortnightly on-site ‘open pantry’. We have already donated over 750kg of fresh produce to community food initiatives such as Granton Hub, contributing to dozens of food parcels and hundreds of meals per week.

 

Image credit: Elinor Leslie

Your gift of:

  • £30 can help us to buy seeds and bulbs for classes of vulnerable adults to sow in our vegetable and wildflower plots

  • £50 can help deliver a sensory class to allow young people with additional support needs to experience the Garden

  • £100 can help deliver practical engagement sessions to inspire children and adults to explore, love, and draw solace from the natural world

  • £250 can help us improve access to the Garden for isolated communities through British Sign Language tours, and parent support activities

  • £500 can help us undertake outreach activities with local groups to develop green spaces and gardens in their neighbourhood

Click here to donate to the Botanics Response Fund

 

Image credit: Louise King/RBGE