Community Garden

PEP’s Garden Takes Shape

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May 09 2017
Neighbourhood GroupCommunity Garden

Espe from the ‘Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust’, paid PEP several visits this week to start the planting up of the office side garden. The Neighbourhood Group helped out, choosing areas, digging holes and planting a selection of currants, blueberries and herbs. They also filled the upcycled hanging baskets preparing them for planting. The Weekend Resource joined in too and helped Espe fill the recycled tyre planters with rhubarb, strawberries and carrots.

Amazingly, the weather stayed lovely for the full week making sure the most was made of everyone’s time in the garden. Thanks Espe!

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Garden Makeover at PEP

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Feb 02 2017
Community GardenNeighbourhood GroupWeekend Resource

PEP’s sensory garden at the rear of the office has always been a favourite spot for people to sit out at and enjoy the famous elusive Scottish sun. But over the years the garden has become more and more wild, with large plants taking over and ivy covering half of the area!


We were delighted then that the PEP Neighbourhood group’s continued working partnership with ‘Edinburgh Lothian Greenspace Trust’ has culminated in the Trust providing funding for the garden to have a complete makeover.


The Trust employed contractors to come in and completely redesign the space, with input from PEP service users, volunteers and staff. The three contractors wasted no time in getting to work and digging out all the old established plants and readying the ground. New steps were built with a path to access the upper levels of the gardens and fabulous planters have been created from old tyres; not only for recycling, but also to enable people with all abilities to get involved in gardening.


The team even created a foldaway work table meaning that potting can be done by the group on site and then be cleared away to make the most of the space. The side garden has also been cleared with a path created to what will be PEP’s soft fruit area.


Whilst there is still a lot of work to do, with the contractors coming back in a few weeks to continue their amazing work, the garden is already vastly different with more light and more space for gardening. Once the work is completed the Neighbourhood group will set to work to plant up the garden once again with the help of Edinburgh Lothian Greenspace Trust and the Weekend Resource will be decorating the planters to bring more colours into the space.


(Have no fear; the removed plants will all be rehomed over at the community garden!!)

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PEP’s Summer Fayre

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Aug 01 2016
Summer ProgrammeFairFayreCommunity Garden

As always PEP’s Summer Fayre was held in the community gardens opposite the offices at 3 West Pilton Park. The fayre was opened by manager Helen Tait and 5 band members from the Davidson Mains & District Pipe band. 4 pipers and a drummer started off the proceedings and played several rousing tunes expertly and professionally. The BBQ was manned by volunteers and produced a steady stream of food and drink for everyone to enjoy.


There were stalls for fundraising or giving out information; these included the Bright Sparks Nursery, The Edinburgh North West Carers, the Weekend Resource, the Neighbourhood Group, PEP Pets, Scottish Gas and Tony’s Tombola. Leanne from the Pilton Community Health Project also kept people busy with some seated exercise in the centre of the gardens. Emily also came along and provided more fun for the kids (and some adults too) with fantastic face painting.


A huge thank you to Clare and the Davidson Mains & District Pipe Bank, Leanne for the seated exercise, Emily for the face painting, Scottish Gas for volunteering and fundraising and all the other volunteers and organisations who were able to come along on the day and make it such a wonderful success. Thank you also to Morrison’s Ferry Road and the Edinburgh Cyrenians for their continued support.

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Community Garden Makeover

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Apr 08 2016
VolunteersCommunity Garden

During March, Chris Peach from ‘The Conservation Volunteers’ has headed a successive team of volunteers from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to start landscaping PEP’s community garden at West Pilton Park.

Over 6 sessions’ 65 RBS volunteers have started the redesign and redevelopment of the garden to make it more accessible. The volunteers have worked incredibly hard removing turf to lay a path from the garden entrance down to the vegetable plot. They also worked tirelessly on weeding the garden beds.
The last group of volunteers also worked on the raised beds, removing the damaged coursing and learning to re-lay the brickwork under the watchful eye of PEP volunteer ‘Shugs’.

If that wasn’t enough, the volunteers also looked at managing the sensory garden, cutting back the mature plants to allow more light into the back garden area and office itself.

Their hard work has made both garden areas more accessible and enjoyable for our service users to visit and we cannot thank them enough for their amazing hard work and diligence to the tasks. We must also give a huge thank you to Chris for setting up and managing the whole process for RBS and PEP.  We look forward to welcoming them back in the near future.

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