This June, 23 community gardens across Edinburgh will open their gates to the public for a weekend of fun and celebration!
We are delighted to announce that we will be popping up at one of the twenty-three community food gardens listed below who are taking part in the 4th edition of The Power of Food Festival on 16-17 June 2018.
SFYN Scotland will be hosting ‘still life’ drawing/painting sessions in a TBC community garden on Saturday 16th. The aim of the sessions will be to encourage participants to look closer at the nature around them, the food they’re growing and maybe even the wider landscape the garden inhabits through observing and recreating their perspectives by drawing, painting or other forms of creative media.
Together, we will celebrate the wealth and diversity of community spirit which is cultivated and shared by hundreds of volunteers and community workers in food growing initiatives all across the city.
Participating gardens are very diverse: from old farmhouse, long-lost ancient castle grounds, and internationally renowned gardens, to previously unloved pieces of land, urban and rural crofts, and repurposed old industrial sites; they all have an interesting story to tell and flourish through the energy of the volunteers who breathe life into them. They are often small and hidden away, sometimes large and familiar city landmarks. The 23 gardens you’ll be able to explore during the Festival are scattered all around the city and beyond. All will welcome visitors on one or both days of the Festival for garden tours, food, gardening workshops, music, storytelling or other entertainment, and children activities.Taking part this year are:
|Bridgend Growing Communities|
|Clovenstone Community Garden|
|Cowgate Community Garden|
|Duddingston Kirk Glebe|
|Gorgie City Farm|
|Gracemount Community Garden|
|Granton Castle Walled Garden|
|Granton Community Gardeners|
|Leith Community Croft|
|Milton Road Community Garden|
|New Caledonian Woodlands|
|Newhaven Heritage Community Garden|
|North Edinburgh Arts Garden|
|Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Edible Gardening Project|
|Sunshine On Leith Community Garden|
|The Calders Green Shoots Community Garden|
|The Grove Community Garden|
|The Meadows Community Garden|
|The Welcoming Sustainable Garden|
|West Port Garden|
This year’s Festival will see old partnerships continue to flourish: for the fourth year, they continue to work with Sustrans, the national cycling charity, who will lead cycle rides around some of the community gardens.
Growing old and new partnerships
They are also thrilled to announce a new partnership with Vegware that will help the Festival reach a wider audience. Vegware specialise in compostable foodservice packaging. Their catering disposables are low carbon, made from renewable or recycled materials, and entirely biodegradable. They’re delighted to join forces with Vegware who share many of the values that we hold dear.
Check out the Power of Food Podcasts
- 1st podcast Ewan Aitken, Chief Executive at the Cyrenians
- 2nd podcast Lau Munro from Granton Community Orchard
- 3rd podcast Heather Yang from Newhaven Heritage Community Garden
- 4th podcast: Jayne Totty of the Grove Community Garden!
They look forward to seeing you on 16th & 17th June, do save the date and keep an eye out for the programme release next month!