My Park Scotland opens new batch of crowdfunding projects

A nature trail, a community garden and a "pensioners' playground" are among the latest crowdfunding projects launched by MyParkScotland.

A kids' nature trail is being crowdfunded on MyParkScotland. Image: Pixabay
A kids' nature trail is being crowdfunded on MyParkScotland. Image: Pixabay

The MyParkScotland site raises money specifically for Scotland's parks and green spaces. As one of 11 Rethinking Parks pilot projects, it is trialling a new way to resource park projects and activities through donations from individuals and businesses. 

It also encourages people to gift-aid their donations, with the extra money invested to develop sustainability and endowment funds for future maintenance and management.

Among the new projects is the Starbank Children's Nature Trail, dreamed up by the Friends of Starbank Park.

The Hans Christian Andersen-themed trail will feature statues of some of his most well-loved characters, including the Little Mermaid, the Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina and the Snow Queen. Each story will have its own area beside the path, with log seats for children and insect-friendly flowers and bushes.

The trail was partly inspired by Andersen's connection to the area. The Danish author may well have walked within the park as he was known to have lodged nearby at 73 East Trinity Road in 1847.

The Friends group has already raised more than half of its £5,200 target.

Project manager Ian Goodman said: "The children's trail is an inspired project which will benefit children and visitors for Edinburgh and beyond. This is why MyParkScotland is here - to help local park projects developed by Friends of Parks and other groups reach out to the wider public to raise funds through safe and easy online donations. Your donation, no matter how large or small will help bring this project to life."

Other projects in Edinburgh crowdfunding through the MyParkScotand site include:

· Pensioners' Playground, Inverleith Park – A project to install outdoor gym equipment specifically designed for more mature adults
· Newhaven Community Garden – Drawing on the sea-faring heritage of Newhaven village, this project will create a small community garden under the Armada Stone on Newhaven Main Street

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