Gardening prize in memory of Mayfield tenant

Christine McGrouther and Baxter Keiller, pictured in 2008 at the garden
Christine McGrouther and Baxter Keiller, pictured in 2008 at the garden

A Midlothian social landlord is giving green-fingered tenants the chance to win a prize in memory of a man who created a community garden.

To showcase the work of its many unsung gardening heroes Melville Housing Association has launched the Baxter Keiller Prize, named in memory of a Melville tenant who was a keen gardener .

Along with his neighbour Christine McGrouther, Mr Keiler transformed a patch of Mayfield wasteland into a community garden in 2008,

“We were all extremely sad to hear of Baxter’s death last year,” said Andrew Noble, Melville Chief Executive.

“The gardening work he did alongside his neighbour Christine was fantastic and inspiring to all of us at Melville. We couldn’t think of a better way of celebrating his memory than by launching a competition to encourage others.”

The Baxter Keiler Prize will be awarded to the best Melville garden, judged by a panel of experts. The first prize is £75 of vouchers with two runner-up prizes of £25 each.

For an entry form or to find out more get in touch with Dan Hughes at Melville by emailing dhughes@melville.org.uk, phoning 0131 654 2733 or by popping in to Melville’s office in Dalkeith.

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