Award Ceremony fun with GLiN in partnership with CRT
This year, The Caley worked in partnership with CRT (Coalfields Regeneration Trust) to bring our Grow & Learn in Nature (GLiN) Award to ex-coalfield communities across Scotland. For the past ten months we have been working with seven groups across Scotland, helping them to create and grow new gardens on sites in their communities. The seven groups we worked with were:
- ACDI Cabin Crewin Auchinleck,
- The Zone – Recovery Support Groupin Dalmellington,
- The Danderhall District Guerrilla Gardeners in Danderhall,
- The STAND Dementia Group based at The Kennoway Community Shed & Garden,
- Fairway Fife based at the Grow West Fife Garden in Culross,
- UPMO at The Hive in Gorebridge and
- The Gorebridge Community Gardeners at the Beacon Centre.
They have all created very different and wonderful gardens that grow food for them to eat and cook with, create food and homes for pollinators and wildlife, showcase plants and change rundown spaces into great gardens for the community to enjoy. And all of the hard work has paid off as they have all achieved their GLiN Awards. We were able to celebrate with all of the groups throughout September and October at award ceremonies across the country.
All of the groups have done a fantastic job, working hard on their gardens. What a brilliant, diverse mix of gardens and all of them growing food for people, growing for their local community, or growing for wildlife and pollinators. It has been a pleasure working with every single one of them over the past 10 months and we have all learned so much about gardening. Keep up the great gardening.
We would also like to say thank to our partners, Coalfields Regeneration Trust, for funding this work and giving us the opportunity to work with the groups. An extra special thanks to Enid for all her help and support.
Well done to everyone for achieving their GLiN Awards.
RCHS Horticultural Educator
Please see below a collection of pictures of the groups receiving their GLiN Awards and pictures of their beautiful gardens.
UPMO at The Hive in Gorebridge
The Gorebridge Community Gardeners at the Beacon Centre
The Volunteers from Gorebridge Community Gardeners transformed this area (left) nicknamed “The Death Strip” into “The Cobble Garden”. This was done after consultation with the local home owners and they decided to turn it into an accessible space that would become a wonderful wildlife and feature garden for the community.
The Danderhall District Guerrilla Gardeners in Danderhall
The DDGG group of volunteers and primary school children planting up the new alpine plants and wildlife hedging in the Maulsford Garden
The STAND Dementia Group based at The Kennoway Community Shed & Garden
Flower bouquets the STAND group collected from their raised beds. The group grew poppies, cornflowers, calendula and sweet peas to encourage pollinators. The members really enjoyed growing the flowers alongside their vegetables and loved smelling the beautiful scents of the sweet peas.
Fairway Fife based at the Grow West Fife Garden in Culross
The groups vegetable plot really grew and produced lots of tasty food for the group to eat. They grew onions, garlic, peas, parsnips, Brussel sprouts, cabbages, mixed leaf lettuce, radish, basil and parsley.
ACDI Cabin Crew in Auchinleck
The ACDI Cabin Crew members receiving their GLiN Award Certificates from Pam (The Caley) and Bob (CRT).
Craig’s garden design for the space, to turn the garden into a mediation and zen garden with herbs, fruit bushes, alpine plants and hedging for wildlife (left). In the right hand picture is Trisha and Toni removing weeds and planting chives and nasturtiums.
The Zone – Recovery Support Group in Dalmellington