Case Studies

Granton Community Gardeners

Granton is a former social housing estate in North Edinburgh, and one of Edinburgh's most economically deprived areas. Granton Community Gardeners began simply in 2010 when a few residents got together for a barbecue and began to share ideas of growing food, making new friends, and improving the neighbourhood. They began with no money, and just a few folk planting some seeds on an empty street corner. Little by little the group began to meet more regularly, and with a very grassroots approach began to develop further street corners, a cafe and a community ceilidh!

Lochend Community Growing Project

Lochend is a mixed tenure housing estate in East Edinburgh in an area of multiple deprivation, with high unemployment and economic inequality. Many residents commonly experience poor mental and physical health, addiction and social isolation.The Lochend Community Growing Project was setup in 2011 with the aims of creating a beautiful and welcoming community space for residents to learn to grow food, make new friends and feel happier and healthier as a result.

The Grove, Edinburgh

A flourishing, temporary container garden on the former site of a brewery in central Edinburgh, show casing a good working relationship between a property developer and a community group.

Midlothian Community Hospital Gardens

The Midlothian Community Hospital Gardens (MCHG) is an NHS Lothian initiative with a mission to make opportunities for good food and healthy lifestyles available to the local community. The gardens have a particular focus on welcoming people who are experiencing mental or physical health problems, disadvantage, isolation or poverty. Services include:• Gardening: growing and eating local food while building community and developing skills. • Walks, workshops, events, and a range of 'hands on' activities. • Advice and support for those trying to improve their lives or the lives of others through the provision of good food and good health.

Kinross Potager Garden

Established 1995, this project has continued to grow and establish itself as an integral part of Kinross life through proving education & volunteering opportunities and in supplying flowers and vegetables to the local community. Improvements in biodiversity, recycling and composting have been key elements in the development of the garden. The project has received national recognition through TV appearances on Beechgrove Garden, visiting MSPs and by attracting funding for improvements.

@The Field

In 2010 an eight acre field in the village of Dunkeld in Perthshire was gifted to the Soil Association Land Trust. The owner of the field wanted to ensure it was saved from development and returned to organic food production.

Watch Us Grow

Watch Us Grow is a Cumbernauld-based charity, based at Palacerigg Country Park, which provides a supportive environment for adults with additional support needs or with mental health problems. It started in 1999, in recognition that there was a need for opportunities for people with special needs.

Rubha Phoil

Rubha Phoil Forest Garden is situated at Armadale Pier (by the ferry), on the beautiful Sleat peninsula, Isle of Skye.

Loanhead Organic Garden

Loanhead Community Learning Centre, with its community garden provides a hub, bringing people of all ages together to share ideas, support each other and have fun

Milton Road Community Garden – Edinburgh College Milton Road Campus

This project started as a student initiative. After a year in planning, work started on the ground in September 2012 with the help of the new community garden coordinator appointed by the college.

Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm (2.5 acres) has been a much-loved part of the local community in Edinburgh for the past 30 years. It is dedicated to inspiring visitors to the farm who come to see a variety of animals, enjoy local produce within the farm café, relax in the garden, or take part in the activities and events that happen throughout the year.

Edible Gardening Project – Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

The Edible Gardening Project helps people grow their own vegetables and fruit by offering advice on how to get started. We promote growing healthy food in gardens, allotments and containers. This is The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s latest community focused project, run jointly with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society and funded by the People’s Postcode Lottery.

Nether Loirston Growers Association

In October 2010, people in Cove Bay, Aberdeen, got together a steering committee and went on to form The Nether Loirston Growers Association. They have a management committee of 12 people, who all actively contribute and have created food growing opportunities for local people through the establishment of 31 individual plots and 5 raised beds for use by local community groups and schools