Garden grows community spirit

Loanhead Community Garden, Mayburn Walk, Loanhead
Loanhead Community Garden, Mayburn Walk, Loanhead

Loanhead Community Garden will celebrate a decade of existence with a special barbecue this coming Saturday to mark the milestone.

The event takes place at the Kabin from 10am-2pm to 
celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the community garden.

There will be veggie burgers, free bike repair and bike skills track, face painting, arts and crafts, a mud kitchen and a DJ.

The project has come a long way since it started as a 
summer holiday activity in 2006 for a group of local 
children.

Loanhead Community Garden development worker Daya Feldwick explained the importance of community spirit for the garden.

She said: “I’m very proud, because of the sheer length of time it has been going and the real community involvement.

“In the ten years we have never had much money so we had to rely on volunteers.

“It’s not how much money you have. It’s how much of the community you have on board. That’s what has sustained us, especially with young people. We work with kids a lot.

“Our garden is not perfect. Not everything is beautiful looking, as it is put together by kids and volunteers. Community spirit and involvement are more important.

“I have lost count of how many people have been involved. Five years ago we counted that there had been 100 kids.

“Each year we have 30 to 40 volunteers, so it’s quite a lot. If you count the schools it’s even more. We’ve had primary and high schools.

“A couple of the kids have stayed from the beginning, but some come for a few years then start another activity. Some go away and then come back. It just varies.

“It started really slowly, as a summer project. Sometimes slow is better as it’s more sustainable in the long term.”