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Idea #2 – A Garden for All

The idea – a shared community garden in the vacant green space in front of The Crags.

Kids, community groups and local enthusiasts of all ages could collaborate to create a beckon of community spirit.

Following the inspirational lead of local resident gardener Dave Burns, who single handedly rid the area of tree trucks and old tenement stones, this idea links together keen outdoor lovers of all ages.

The Crags valued Dave’s volunteering so much we offered him a job and he’s now hugely valued as The Crags’ caretaker. Dave is willing (and very able!) to invest time teaching the tricks of the trade to other volunteers.

Community Links

The idea links perfectly with the Eco-school programme and would be ideally suited to Preston Street and Royal Mile primary schools who both lack outdoor green space.

Local residents and community groups could access the garden and spend time pulling weeds and talking to plants. A small project group could be assembled and a rolling schedule of care established.


Funding is already in place to develop the front spaces of The Crags to make the area safer and more accessible – a new path alongside the driveway, lighting, covered bike storage and a traverse wall along the front of the building.

There’s also funding allocated to landscaping and an opportunity for volunteers to shape shape how this money is spent:

Planting beds?
Top soil?
A dog toilet?…

What’s needed now is a range of local gardening enthusiasts to put their name forward and a meeting held in April to kick the project off.


To collaborate on this idea contact Simon Turner at The Crags Centre on or 0131 667 3334 and ask to speak to Simon or Cameron.

Or get in touch via FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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