Community Fund – Royal Edinburgh Gardens – February Update

 860975_448719031866901_2124409742_oWhat’s been happening in the gardens:


Even with such a turbulent time ahead I am delighted to say that 2014 has started with a really positive feel and volunteer participation has been incredible – so thanks to everyone who has brought a smile to a pretty damp January!


2013 came to an end with a very well attended Winter Solstice BBQ and sing-a-long around the camp fire. And in true RECG style, January has started with festivities too. The first celebrating traditions of Robert Burn’s with the Address to a Haggis and the wonderful rendition of the Tam O’Shanter thanks to Angus’ very fine reenactment.

Wednesday Wok Robert Burns style with Angus performing an Address to a Haggis (which we enjoyed with our very own neeps and tatties)


857387_555799207825549_1867614623_oOn a much more serious note, we are delighted to be delivering an eight week programme of City and Guilds covering three units, Safe Use and Storage of Horticultural Tools, Environmental Awareness and Healthy Living. This is the start of our in depth Green Learning programme which will be going from strength to strength this year. Included in this programme is a John Muir award due to start in February with Oxgangs Primary and “From Crop to Pot” in March. This is all possible due to the considerable support of Scottish Natural Heritage. If you are interested in finding out more about our Green Learning then please do not hesitate to get in touch and we’ll tell you more.


In the garden we are delighted to have received our seeds for this year and due to the mild start to the year some early sowings are already germinating in the glasshouse so thanks to the gardening team for making this happen.


And in January, we also had a successful Morningside Market even though the winter weather was showing it’s face. Hot mulled apples juice from the juice we made last year went down a treat warming the shoppers as they brows our stall. So thanks to all the volunteers who helped make the market stall happen on such a cold day! What a team! And for anyone interested in visiting our Cyrenians stall, the Morningside Market is the 3rd Saturday of the month – next being Sat 15th March.


Two of the City and Guilds Learners, Dawn and Adam, washing the tools before they are put away.



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