Hopes & reflections on our first year at the garden

Signs of spring are upon us already at the walled garden with buds swelling and catkins forming on the trees at the sheltered garden. January has passed quickly with many hands making light work of the weed clearance needed, whatever the weather, to begin planting the community orchard of our dreams!

Local volunteers getting started on the heritage orchard restoration in January

Exciting times ahead with recent news of a funding award from the National Lottery. A chance to begin this spring as we aim to go on creating a space to dream, learn and grow together.  Written in Film – Granton castle walled garden
We hope to begin with our first row or two of new fruit trees in the community orchard, where volunteers have been preparing the land for planting soon to benefit wildlife and people too.

“I have learned so much already just being here”  2018

Lots of lovely ideas for heritage varieties and modern ones too suitable for Scotland, organic growing methods and different uses for the fruit. Some more unusual edibles may be planted around the garden too, nothing is written in stone with our outline design plans as yet, we want people to keep adding ideas to the melting pot.  Granton Castle Orchard planning Overhead photo with overlay 2017 Nov KSIt has been an incredible first year with many inspirational moments and always the encouragement and energy of everyone who visits or volunteers their time at the secret garden. The transformation of the once neglected space has been aided by larger teams from the Lothians Conservation Volunteers & most recently the Dirty Weekenders,  helping tame the wilderness on the North terrace. Blitzing the weeds in the old orchard
Groups of all ages have enjoyed the ‘hidden gem’ tours of this unexpected historic garden and tales of its sometimes dramatic past. Keep up with our progress since May 2017, find out more by paying a visit to Granton’s lost castle garden this year. Next monthly Open Door tour this Saturday, 3rd Feb at noon. Get in touch via our contacts page if you have any questions or just come along, it’s free.