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Snow won't stop us


Blimey! The weather up here in Scotland is all over the place. earlier this week it was beautiful and even warm in the sunshine, yesterday very wet in the afternoon and today I awoke to a snowy scene.

Today was also a day at work I was looking forward to. I work with a small community group helping people achieve aims for their community. One such group is some local folks who want to renovate their community gardens which was built about 10 years ago but since fallen into disrepair. They are all keen to garden but live in flats with no outdoor space of their own.

So to get some ideas we had arranged a road trip to a couple of local community gardening projects to get some ideas. However we didnt see as perhaps as much as we would like to for the snow cover.

This is the community gardens in Shotts a small Lanarkshire town, lots of different groups look after their own raised bed. All quiet at the moment under a blanket of snow.

Initially folks were thinking about trying to create allotments, but were swaying more to the ideas of smaller raised beds. Probably a good call.

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Shame it was under snow Colin.

Great idea raised beds

18 Feb, 2016


Perhaps it would be good to suggest to your group that if they do decide on raised beds you might vary the sizes?
Some people will have more time to spend or more people to feed than others.There seems to be an awful lot of space wasted in the ones in your photo. Its amazing how much our neighbour manages to produce in quite a small one. Its a great idea for the community - hope it goes well.

18 Feb, 2016


I think the raised beds will make a better communal garden. Less bitty than allotments. Sounds good tho'. The weather is so up and down here isn't it?

18 Feb, 2016


I think raised beds are the way to go for many of the reasons mentioned here in the comments. The gardens in the community I work in have some raised beds already but we would like to create more. We are also hoping to do some wild flower gardening and other things th create diversity and interest. We are already buying some sunflower seeds, compost and pots to give to kids to plant and grow sunflowers to plant in the garden. We want all generations to take part.

18 Feb, 2016


What a disappointment for all concerned. Maybe you'll be able to rearrange it when the snow has cleared away (which I hope will be soon !)
Your job sounds very rewarding :)

18 Feb, 2016


There are a few others to see and we'll organise another road trip on hopefully a less snowy day.

Job can be rewarding Hywel, but like most folks it has its frustrations too.

19 Feb, 2016


Typical isn't it but doesn't it all look neat and tidy, snow hides a multitude of sins, lets hope your next viewing is on a sunny day with everything showing to give your folk some ideas on the way to go...I think the square foot gardening is the way to go, an unkempt, rather large plot can be a bit daunting for someone just starting out and some will be defeated as soon as they take a look, separate it into workable spaces and one gets a different view and idea of what you are trying to do ....

20 Feb, 2016

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