Over the years, we have developed a variety of project models and services which provide communities with inspiration and a starting off point in developing their own ideas for community greenspace projects in their own neighbourhood. The sidebar on the right lists the model and services we have developed thus far.
Our core idea is the set up of Neighbourhood Gardens in all of the neighbourhoods of Edinburgh. These gardens bring people together and serve as a launch pad for other projects. At the Neighbourhood Gardens, each household gets its own mind allotment (4′ by 12′) to manage. We have also set up Community Growers as an alternative approach, where the growers work as a group managing several growing sites across an estate.
We have developed the Growing Youth programme to provide training and work experience for young folk through the construction of our community gardens, learning joinery and landscaping skills.
We are also interested in Greenspace as a place for play and recreation. Our Natural Play workshops take children out to nearby woods and greenspaces for free play in the outdoors. We are also working with communities to develop local greenspaces as Community Parks with new play structures developed as community self-build projects.
We are particularly proud of the creation of School Farm projects in primary schools, where children are learning to grow throughout the year.