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Niddrie Mill Community Market Garden

paul@communityalliancetrust.org.uk paul@communityalliancetrust.org.uk  •  2023-02-10  •  The Edinburgh Community Climate Fund  • 


Investment project code: 32

We are planning to start a Community Market Garden at Niddrie Mill Grove. CAT has been granted planning permission and a lease from City of Edinburgh Council for this project, and we have carried out a survey of local residents who are generally supportive.

The garden would be established and maintained by local volunteers, assisted by our Growing Youth team, managed by an experienced Community Gardener. Participation will be open to all and produce would be shared among participants and the local community on a similar basis to other gardens maintained by Craigmillar Growers.

The design for the garden includes vegetable beds and ‘forest garden’ patches of fruit trees and bushes; one or more polytunnels for growing tender crops (eg tomatoes, peppers) and extending the growing season; raised beds which would improve access for participants with mobility issues; and a community shed, similar to those built by CAT at neighbourhood gardens in Magdalene and Bingham, where participants can meet and socialise as well as store tools and equipment. The garden would also be fenced for security reasons.

At present CAT is awaiting confirmation of funding for continuing our work on Craigmillar Growers and other community food/green space projects. However the funding we have applied for does not include the capital costs of developing the Niddrie Mill garden. Funding from ECCF would enable us to make a start on the project in 2023, by building raised beds, planting fruit trees and bushes, adding compost and cultivating the ground. While establishing the garden we will also be looking for additional funding for the shed, polytunnels, fence and other elements of the design.

Location: Niddrie Mill Grove

Proposed on behalf of: Craigmillar Growers is a community gardening group managed by CAT, the Community Development Trust for Craigmillar and surrounding areas. We co-ordinate groups of volunteers to grow vegetables and fruit for themselves and the local community. Produce is shared through our Green House Pantry and donated for community meals, Food Banks and other activities benefiting local people experiencing food insecurity. So far we have been growing at Bristo Church and the White House, and have now also started a new project at Inch Nursery. We also run a youth training programme, Growing Youth, in partnership with Edible Estates and the Council’s Additional Support for Learning Service

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