The Grove Community Garden was started by the community for the community. We are a mobile garden on two sites in the heart of Edinburgh.
Discussions between the local community and the then owner (Grosvenor) of an unused brownfield development site started in 2012. Since spring 2013 we have transformed part of this site (now owned by Moda) into a thriving community garden – called Grove One. In spring 2014 we started gardening on a second nearby unused development site (owned by Edinburgh City Council). In 2015 we had to move first to an adjacent site (due to the possibility that there might be asbestos in the ground) and then, in 2016 when that site was needed, we moved 60 planters and a canoe to a council-owned car park in Harrison Park East – now called Grove in the Park.
We may have to move from Grove One within the next year and so are looking for another site.
The aim is to grow an active community as well as growing food.
Our original idea, based on mobile plots, has evolved into unique standard-sized pallet planters, that we can move about into different layouts by forklift. One part of Grove One is dedicated to individually-gardened planters so that members can grow their own veggies, fruit and herbs in an inclusive and supportive surrounding. The rest of Grove One and all of Grove in the Park are shared communal spaces with communal planters. Grove One is ideally placed to accommodate social, cultural and environmental activities. We have a welfare container where we can boil the kettle, a pizza oven and barbeque, and a storage container for our tools.
The gardens rely completely on our members for their upkeep and maintenance. You can become a member even if you have no previous gardening experience. You will learn through engaging with the other gardeners. If you want to visit us come along to one of our communal gardening sessions or for more information see our Facebook group or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Grove is part of the Fountainbridge Canalside Initiative.
We are based just off Fountainbridge- very close to FountainPark Centre.
Go to the iQ Student Accommodation building on the corner of Dundee Street and Drysdale Road. Once you are there follow Drysdale Road downhill. We are behind the fence about 20 yards down on the right hand side.
Postcode for Map: EH11 1AF
Grove In The Park (Harrison Park East)
Just off Bryson Rd West or at the end of Watson Crescent right next to the playground. Our community orchard is situated nearby, towards the canal. Thanks to Edinburgh City Council for making this site available.
Postcode for Map: EH11 1BA
Committee Members (as of March 2020):
Wendy Lord (Chair), Ann Burgess (Vice Chair), Jayne Totty (Secretary), David Leslie (Treasurer), Trudi Dorr, Lorrane Borwick, Kate Benzie, Shannon Miller.
As a private membership group, we keep members details in a password protected drive that is only accessed by the Grove Committee and is not shared with anybody else. Members of the Grove Committee have access to the membership contact list for garden administration and communication purposes only. The list consists of name, email address and telephone number as well as details of membership status. We keep these details to allow us to keep members updated with garden news and information. If you have registered as a garden member then you will continue to receive emails from us, but if you no longer want to hear from us then please let us know by emailing email@example.com.