Message from the Friends of Granton Castle Walled Garden

As you may know, Granton Castle Walled Garden is a historic green space near the waterfront in North Edinburgh. The ‘Friends of’ group have campaigned hard to save the garden from housing developments, and in 2017 were granted access to the site. Since then, they have been working hard to restore the garden and organise a range of community events and activities with a number of local groups.

The committee wants to make sure the garden remains a resource for the local community. This means securing a long term lease from the council and funding to restore and improve the space. The aim is for the garden to benefit all local people and at present volunteers organise open days, arts events, community growing, pick your own fruit days, workshops with local people, and host outdoor physical activity groups. But we want to do more – with wheelchair access and a toilet(!) the space can hopefully become a real asset for a range of local organisations.

The Friends of Granton Castle Walled Garden are currently working with Community Enterprise to engage with local people and groups. We want to learn what local people would like to see happening in the garden, and how we can work in partnership with community groups in the area.

Please help us by completing this short survey, and (if possible) sharing it with your networks/members/friends and family: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GrantonWalledGarden

We are planning a session with local groups on the 18th July and would be delighted if someone from your organisation would be able to come along. The plan is to start with a quick tour of the garden at 2.30pm for anyone who hasn’t seen it (weather permitting), and then host the meeting in Madelvic House (close by) from 3.15pm.  The session will look at what needs and assets already exist locally and how the Garden can add value and work with other local groups.  Refreshments will be provided.  Please let us know whether you will be able to join us.

Thank you in advance for your support,

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