Saturday, 7 August 2010

A sight for sore eyes

First stop today was Specsavers for a sight test ( which I passed).

 From there I went to Portobello where PEDAL were holding a Food Fair in the Town Hall.  There was some delicious homebaking including these cute gingerbread women (mine read 'Harvest') and scrummy lemon drizzle cake.

The highlight of the trip was re-visiting the Porty Community Growing Space behind the Town Hall.

The change since I last visited the site is incredible.

The strip of land is now packed with raised beds and pop-up greenhouses bursting with produce (and happy gardeners). 

It's hard to believe that the site was an almost inpenetrable jungle just over a year ago.

The site began as a guerrilla gardening project without Edinburgh City Councl's knowledge or agreement.  I suspect the whole project would have come to a standstill had it not been for Lucy-Ann's tenacity when dealing with the local authority- who initially were not exactly overjoyed by our presence.  Today the site is leased from the Council and is a fully-fledged community project. 

Guerrilla Gardening was a great kickstart at Porty but now with a committed group of individuals and community activists, the project looks set to be sustainable in the long term.

MAY 2009

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