Not much to look at … yet!

At the moment the walled garden is much more wall ( and concrete) than garden! But at least this small space is now weed free, ready for the shed to be put back together.

The idea is to have a tool library from this site and so a robust, secure shed is a must!

 

Volunteering visit to Linkim Court

A lovely morning drinking tea with the residents at Linkim Court and then doing a bit of garden tidying. We’ll be there the first Thursday of each month 10-12, having a chat and doing so bits and bobs around the garden.

The residents are loving the new space and have already added lots of new plants to the beds.

And we’ve formed a great Community Connection with Scottish Borders Council Community Capacity Building Team. The herbs grown here are also going to go to support the soup club which is part of the Eyemouth Monthly Tea Dance!

Not the usual Monday

The first Monday of each month we have a Volunteering Afternoon at the Community Garden in Ayton. It is a chance for the course participants to meet up and for us all to pitch in with some of the bigger jobs, like building compost heaps. But this Monday was not the usual Monday.

We had film makers from Scottish Government making a short video to record projects, like ours, which have benefitted from Good Food Nation Funding. Thanks to everyone who came along to support Abundant Borders and the amazing community growers. It was blowing a gale and the pieces to camera had to be recorded several times but the film-makers seemed happy with the words and pictures in the end.

And check out these photographs to see just how much has been achieved in the garden just 6 months! Amazing team! Well done!

Abundant Borders – out and about

Thanks to everyone who came to Hawick today to hear about the new, lottery funded project to co-create a community garden. We have lots of work to do but the enthusiasm for the project was incredible, thank you!

And thanks to everyone who came to hear Karen at BAVS AGM in Duns. It is great to have the chance to spread the word and to receive such a warm welcome!

The presentation Karen gave can be viewed here

 

WOW – We got Big Lottery Scotland Funding

£737k of National Lottery funding is being awarded to 98 community, sports and arts projects today! And Abundant Borders is one of the lucky winners :0)

The funding will allow us to get started in Hawick, transforming the neglected land behind The Salvation Army Community Store into a productive food garden.

It will also allow us the train people in sustainable growing and healthy eating.

To find out how you can get involved, email robin@abundantborders and follow us on facebook.com/abundantborders

Co-creating abundance in Hawick

Working with the Salvation Army, we will be co-creating a community food garden behind the The Salvation Army Community Store in the town centre.

The start of the project will be to hold an Open Meeting so that the whole community can come together and decide just how we want the garden to look and, first and foremost,  how we are going to get the land cleared for planting!

 

The Community Garden site

This is what the land looks like now – plenty of potential and lots of hard work ahead

Transformation!

They say that a picture paints a thousand words and I think in this case it is true. Have a look at the transformation of the garden area at Linkim Court – from neglected beds with dying roses to accessible planters filled with herbs, perennial salads and flowers. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to made this happen.