Bringing Wildlife to Gilmerton

posted 13 Jul 2009, 11:35 by South Edinburgh Net Admin
During June the community garden at Gilmerton Community Centre was a ‘hive’ of activity. The Community Centre received a CSV Action Earth Biodiversity Award to improve the biodiversity of the garden. The Award supported by Scottish Natural Heritage and Morrisons, was for £300 and the theme was ‘bringing Wildlife to Gilmerton’

The Community Centre spent the money on equipment and plants to develop the community garden and attract more wildlife. To help them three groups of 12 young people from Gracemount High School came over a period of a week and volunteered their services as well as a group from the Columcille Project. The young people carried out a variety of tasks including weeding, soil preparation and planting plants known to attract wildlife. They also created some natural habitats for the wildlife. Chris Macefield and Karin Chipulina from the Bridgend Allotment Project also participated by guiding the activities of the young people and showing them how to observe and identify what wildlife already existed in the area.

The Columcille project worked on developing a composting area as well as an area to grow fruit and vegetables. Helen Bourquin , the manger of the Centre was delighted with all the hard work of the volunteers. The Columcille project are regular volunteers in the garden and their work is always very much appreciated. Having the young people to volunteer was a special bonus and we hope they learnt something about the value of green spaces and wildlife as well as the satisfaction of improving the garden. We hope they will all come back and enjoy the garden.

Adelle Fleming form Gracemount High School said ‘Our pupils mostly live in this area and our community day is a way that we are able to give something back to the community that we are a part of. Our young people really enjoyed the chance to make the environment that our school is in a better place for all of us. The pupils really enjoyed the time that they spent at the community centre garden, and we are really proud of the difference that they can make.

Source: Gilmerton Community Centre

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