Prospect Community Housing was delighted to receive £149,541 from the Big Lottery Fund for Clovie Community Garden to build local community capacity.
As well as fruit and vegetables, Clovie Community Garden grows confidence and friendships, changing how people view their community and how they are involved in it. Thanks to the generous support of the Big Lottery Fund through their Community Led Activity grants, over the next 3 years the local residents involved in this exciting initiative will be able to develop the garden as a locally managed space. Activities supported by the funding include grow your own courses, community food workshops, and natural play sessions for children and young people.
As a community based housing association, Prospect Community Housing is proud to be firmly rooted within Wester Hailes and we are committed to playing an active role in improving the quality of life for local residents and in contributing to sustainable networks. We are therefore very pleased to be working with a local partner The Health Agency to deliver the Clovie Community Garden programme of activities through the innovative Wester Hailes Edible Estates initiative.
Prospect’s Director Brendan Fowler said:
I am really pleased that with this grant from the Big Lottery Fund we can work with our local community on this exciting project that will strengthen local connections, enhance the environment and develop this community asset.
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said:
I am delighted that the Clovie Community Garden is one of 60 groups sharing in our latest grants totalling over £17 million. This is life changing money which will support people and families facing challenging circumstances and I wish Prospect Community Housing every success as it goes on to develop and expand this valuable project.
The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. They are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Edible Estates’ Director, Greig Robertson said:
There is huge potential for greenspace around social housing estates to make a greater contribution to the health and wellbeing of residents. The Big Lottery Fund support will give the resources and time to properly establish the community garden and to broaden its impact, particularly with regards to encouraging children to make more use of local greenspace for play.