Spring News, May 5th Open Door Tours & AGM

Spring has been slow to come this year but visitors and volunteers at the walled garden have been enthusiastic. Joining in with activities like planning and planting the community orchard, preparing the soil in the kitchen garden.

John at work on the dahlias with fingers covered

2018 brings exciting opportunities to take part in the Edinburgh Shoreline Exhibition  hosted and supported by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, in conjunction with other community groups.
Our wonderful film in the making with Written in Film and the retired previous owners of the historic garden may be part of this. It is John and Agnes Smith whom we really have to thank for the enormous gift of their knowledge, experience and life stories being shared so kindly and warmly with us.
Hopeful news this April following our first meetings with the Granton Team from Edinburgh City Council and a new lease agreement for 2018 to look at with legal advice from the Community Land Advisory Service
Granton team visit to the doocot
Friends Group members admiring Granton castle doocot with the Granton Team

May 5th is our next Saturday afternoon open door tours day & will mark our first full season inside the secret garden and a famous historic event from the mid 1500’s….  Come along to hear more with a free guided tour, see the impact volunteers have been made, plans and ideas for the future.
Our  Annual General Meeting is being held at nearby historic landmark, Madelvic House, on the same morning. Members will be electing a new steering group and discussing what the future might hold as we move forward into our second year. AGM agenda 5th May 2018
5th May AGM plus tours at the garden final L
Save the midsummer date 16th June in your diary: our first time taking part in the Power of Food Festival when we hope to share some of our first harvests grown in Granton’s ‘lost’ castle garden. Help has been offered by the wonderful World Kitchen, who made this insightful short film..Food for thought
Lots of planting plans for April at our volunteer mini-sessions from 11-1pm on a Wednesday and Sunday. Get in touch via our contacts page if it is your first visit and you want to join in with work at the garden, there are some hazards and no services or toilets at the garden.  There is also a little bit of paperwork to complete on first entering and a wee induction tour. Sometimes we have documentary filmmakers and photographers present recording our progress Ashley Erdman 2017-18 images
Please get in touch if you would like to attend the morning 5th May AGM as seating spaces are limited. We are recruiting new steering group members, max 15, so let us know before the end of April if you want to help and have some time.