Open day for Magdalene Growing Project on Saturday


Magdalene Growing Project are holding an open day tomorrow Saturday 24 October 2015 from 1pm to showcase their work.

Their volunteers have done lots of gardening at their site at the back of Magdalene Drive and they now want to offer raised beds to keen growers in the community.

Edible Estates have previously set up successful growing projects in other areas such as the Secret Garden in Lochend.

They partnered with the Community Alliance Trust and submitted a funding application to carry out a study on a food growing initiative on an unused piece of land in Niddrie Mill, Bingham or Magdalene.

After exploring options and consulting with local residents in these three areas it was decided that Magdalene would be the best option due to the amount of green space available and good support locally.

Work started on site earlier this year when funding was secured. Local people are now involved in the design of the garden and are given the opportunity to learn new skills by participating in the construction of the raised beds and other features.

As well as showing people how to grow their own food, workshops have also taken place on cooking including making soups and jam, parent and children cookery classes and foraging for leaves and berries that grow wild which are safe to eat. They have also helped to improve their local area by helping out with the raised beds at Magdalene Community Centre.

Greig Robertson, Edible Estates Project Coordinator said: “It has been wonderful to see the garden develop over the past months, the residents in Magdalene have really pulled together to create a beautiful space which will be a great resource for the wider community.  A group of the residents put in long hours to build the paths and the raised beds.”

“The participants are really keen to take the reins and manage the garden themselves, the Edible Estates team are currently working with them to set up a new community association to organise the growers.  They will be holding an Open Day on the 24th October to encourage more folk to get involved.”

If you would like to know more then you can find them on Facebook under ‘Magdalene Edible Estates’ or by clicking here .

Image courtesy of Edible Estates

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