Gwen Galbreith of the HPPA said: "We’ve never tried crowdfunding before and so didn’t really know what to expect. We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of people. Now we’re all really looking forward to planting our mini-orchard and hope to welcome some of our supporters later in the year for a planting ceremony – and we would love them to come back in future years to experience the joy of picking and biting into an apple that they’ve helped to grow."
Ian Goodman, MyParkScotland project manager, said: "The Hayburn mini-orchard project is a really good example of how to run a successful crowdfund. The group had a clear need for their project, were realistic about how much money they could raise and built support in advance of the crowdfund going live so that they quickly – in the first weekend – reached the tipping point of securing 50 per cent of the funding.
"But the real key to their success was probably the great video they produced – it featured local children talking passionately about why they would like your help to create a mini-orchard. We would like to say a huge thank you to the early supporters of this and the other projects on the MyParkScotland website.
MyParkScotland is a new website that helps people discover and support parks in Edinburgh and Glasgow. It's one of a number of projects funded by RethinkingParks in a quest for new parks business models, in the wake of local authority budget cuts. The website launched just three weeks ago on 23 May 2015 and already it’s proving very popular.
As well as crowdfunding it also provides a quick and easy way to search for parks, check out what facilities they have and find out about events and activities. Currently it covers parks in Edinburgh and Glasgow but there are plans to extend it to other parts of Scotland.