Mobile Edinburgh garden draws horticultarists to vacant site

Planting has began at Grove Community Garden
Planting has began at Grove Community Garden

A city garden made of individual mobile wooden planters has launched in Edinburgh.

The Grove Community Garden is inspired by allotments and gives people their own one square metre wooden planter filled with topsoil. The planters are then grouped together to create a 75-box garden.

So far the box gardens have proved a huge success and there is a waiting list for when new ones become available.

Gardeners are now planting flowers, fruit and vegetables while the City of Edinburgh Council is providing three tonnes of compost from the nearby Gorgie City Farm, a steady supply of manure.

The project, in the Fountainbridge area, is placed on currently vacant land owned by property developer Grosvenor and was the brainchild of local group, the Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative.

When the site is developed the boxes can be moved. Secure storage portacabins are also included.

FCI spokesman and long-time community activist Stan Reeves said: "Our community garden is a direct response to a huge demand in the city for growing spaces - and a desire to see empty development sites put to use.

"We have been amazed how this project has grown and how all the boxes have been embraced by local gardeners. The boxes are an ideal shape and space for planting, and together create a wonderful communal space providing a welcoming splash of colour and vibrancy."

Robin Blacklock, Grosvenor's development manager, said the company enjoyed helping bring "a real sense of energy and vitality to the local area."

"We have been delighted at how local people of all ages and backgrounds have engaged with the gardens.

"There is a genuine feeling that we have hit upon something that could transform the promotion of green spaces and gardening across a range of different urban environments."

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