It will transform inner-city bowling green in Dudhope Park in the city centre into a working horticultural therapy garden for armed services veterans in need of support.
The kitchen garden-style space will be filled with raised vegetable, herb and cut flower beds, a communal seating area, kitchen, office and a quiet area and is well located to serve the large veteran population living on Scotland’s east coast.
It will be built by ISS Facility Services Landscaping, which is donating its labour costs to the project. ISS landscapers also built Gardening Leave's outreach project in Acton and refurbished the charity's garden at Royal Hospital Chelsea, both in west London.As well as giving the project a £10,000 Gro100 Grassroots Grant Scotts Miracle-Gro has forged links between Gardening Leave and a veteran’s horticultural therapy charity garden in North Carolina, America, which it also funds. The charities’ gardens will be twinned when they both open later this year and will share best therapeutic practice and experiences.
Gardening Leave's Dundee project has also received a £73,000 award from the Armed Forces Covenant Libor fund and £10,000 from the Lethendy Trust.
The charity’s chief executive Heather Budge-Reid said: "Dundee is the third largest recruiting centre in Scotland, so we’re really excited about launching a new project in the city.
"To have the support of Scotts Miracle-Gro and ISS, as well as our original funding grant from the Armed Forces Covenant, is wonderful. Without the support of the city council and their commitment to the veterans of Dundee, this dream would not be turning into a reality."