Last Thursday I found myself along at the Calders Community Garden. This time was for a celebratory orchard event and community get together. Organised by Fiona and Rhona from Wester Hailes Health Agency.
Also present was Allan from Scottish Waterways trust who provided a very welcome gazebo, we also had the re-union canal boat alongside at the canal to provide some teas and coffees and toilet facilities and a wee bit of shelter if weather got to bad.Thankfully it was a rather nice September day, I think we had the odd spit of rain at one point but for most of the day it was fine.
My daughter and Granddaughter set themselves up by the fire circle and did a bit of face painting.
The ladies from Culture Kitchen did a sterling job making lovely plum jam and baking some yummy pancakes to go with it and also some rather tasty cake :).
In the number of years since I have started visiting the Calders Community Garden from its infancy of the Green Gym Garden run by Joyce Changes started by the Health Agency. In the last couple of years with a great input and help from Edible Estates. It has now blossomed from a small patch of cleared ground to lovely space where people can walk through a well laid out garden now planted out with fruit trees, fruit bushes, strawberries raised beds and sitting and picnic areas.
Also around the area of the garden many other agencies have been involved and are working to provide a great community space alongside the canal.
Bridge8, and Canal College run by Scottish Waterways have have been working in the area along here and it is hoped that this Community Garden area will be a central hub and meeting place for people and families to get together and enjoy a great Community meeting place.
Also underway is the creating of a Medicine Wheel by Vicky Dale at the roadside entrance to the garden. Link to info here.
This Community Garden area shows great promise for the future.
Article and photos submitted by David Jacobs