June 2013 in THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT PLANS TAKING SHAPE

TO RESTORE THE  LOST WALLED GARDEN OF 1875

An initiative of Penicuik Community Development Trust

June started with recording 2 editions of BBC Gardeners Question Time in Penicuik Town Hall, with interviews at the Lost Garden.  This picture is from their website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02qt7w0  where you can listen to the programme. The greenhouse shown above is the one on the left in our archive photograph.

In JUNE 2013 —MONTH 16 of the Trust’s 600 month LOST GARDEN project

Growing continues apace, with individual efforts and many hours put in by visiting garden groups this month from:

Bonnyrigg’s Orchard Centre, Good Wood, and Branching Out.  Tiphoreth’s  Peregrine Group

has arranged to join us every week from mid-August and work through the winter.    Mauricewood Primary

School made affirmative contact this month while Beeslack Community High School is already on board

for senior and mid-school training sessions.

 

In June we first broached the idea of restoration assistance with the Garden’s original builders, John Dennis of Bonnyrigg

 

On June 18, the Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens in association with Trellis: health through horticulture and Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust in conjuction with Penicuik Trust and the Lost Garden held a very successful a Community Gardening Networking event in Penicuik Arts Centre and at the Lost Garden itself.  32 attenders included Loanhead Organic Garden, Carr Gomm, Volunteer Centre Midlothian, The Wildlife Information Centre, Edinburgh College, Queen Margaret University, Health in Mind, Cyrenians, Royal Horticultural Society, MJGC, Young Scot, Roslin Community Garden, Keep Scotland Beautiful, Black & Green Project, Musselburgh Transition Toun, Mondoloco Foundation, Rosewell Development Trust, Rosewell Magic Garden, Amisfield Walled Garden, Roslin Community Garden, Royal Edinburgh Nurses/Patients allotments, Climate Challenge Fund, Ormiston Grows

Graeme Wilson of the Wildlife Information Centre talks to networkers in the Lost Garden

 

The Lost Garden is a great big project –we need your help. Please join in as a volunteer or supporter. Come to an open day on the first Sunday of each month to see the garden for yourself , call at any Saturday Open House or Sunday Cinema in the Town Hall, or visit or call our shop at Penycoe Press (see details and telephone at the end of this page)

 

 

 

 

back when we started

Trixie potatoes are among the many varieties planted this year

In the central conservatory with the benches made from Lost Garden timbers

Conifers felled in the first week of June open up the view to fountain and entrance gates

The lower walls of the central conservatory

 

WHAT’S PLANNED FOR THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK?

This is a long term project to return the magnificent Lost Garden of Penicuik to full production, making the most of its attractiveness, essential identity, wildlife and therapeutic value by careful management.  The restoration will include the Garden’s extensive fruit growing walls and 9 large timber glasshouses.  We have a lease for thirty years, but it could take longer than that to completely recover the Lost Garden’s unique features and reach its full potential as a showcase for community food growing.

 

The project is being pursued energetically by individuals and groups, locals and visitors, working under overall guidance and subject to the lease held by Penicuik Community Development Trust.  The Trust is a well-established Scottish Charity SCO37990 and Company Limited by Guarantee (380626). Active and democratic, it grew from a big public meeting in 2005 and identified the food project in the Lost Garden in 2009 (see proposal to the landowner www.lostgarden.co.uk/prospectus2009 ). Obtaining a long lease then took the Group two and a half years and over £4,000 for both sides expenses, met by the Trust's fundraising and a £750 grant from Midlothian Council. The Lost Garden is within easy walking and cycle-delivery distance of the town.  In the first year 2012 Trust volunteers cleared and prepared ground, grew 120 kilos of potatoes as a pioneer crop, with other vegetables, collected free tools and 3 free sheds, made a series of free cold frames from donated windows, created dead hedges, compost heaps and picnic tables from the Lost Garden's surplus own timber, obtained £1,600 from supporters in exchange for Christmas trees from the Garden, and conducted weekly events in the town hall, monthly Garden tours and an annual Open Doors Day.

 

This year 2013 over 120 kilos of seed potatoes in 22 varieties were purchased and offered to local groups and gardeners at weekly potato days in Penicuik Town Hall. The larger part have been retained for the Lost Garden and planted in a much larger new tilled growing area, with legume and brassica sowing on the old 2012 potato patch.  School and community groups are actively helping in the Lost Garden, and initial architectural support has been offered on a pro bono basis.  . In March 2013 the Trust took over The Penycoe Press and its extensive Town Centre premises  (see www.kosmoid.net/penicuik/press ) which (in addition to the Town Hall which the Trust currently leases each day on Saturdays and each evening on Sundays) will provide a more permanent in-town focus for Garden awareness-raising and a depot for local produce supply to consumers.

 

SEEKING GRANT SUPPORT

This year the Trust is seeking Grant support of £1-£2,000 to conduct a series of workshops for adults with young children, some related to the Lost Garden.  More substantially the Trust is following up an approach to another Grant funder for around £35,000 to allow it to increase the Garden’s immediate growing capacity and community impact by:

·         Wheelchair-friendly double compost toilet arrangements for the Garden’s working volunteers, groups and visitors

·         Restoration and rebuilding of the west projecting glasshouse, the only remaining original glasshouse structure in the Garden

·         Access equipment to allow us to make safe repairs to the Garden's extensive fruit growing walls so that fruit trees may be safely grown again and proximate growing areas safely tilled.

·         A new lean-to polytunnel for growing on the site of the Garden’s east peach house

·         Barriers and cultivation netting to discourage predators and provide a route round the outside of the Garden for dog-walkers

·         Fruit trees for restocking the Garden’s sound and restored stretches of wall

·         Basic equipment to allow plant watering and increase security from predators

·         Help for the Trust’s behaviour-change campaigns to encourage growing, walking and cycling and reduce food miles and food waste

 

The Trust has developed its own streams of support through volunteer activity, income, local partnerships and public interest to reach its present level of financial sustainability.  It will continue to grow these resources, recognising that there is a long way to go. 

 

AT THE MOMENT:

You’ll see we’re clearing the access area at the north side of the garden and providing basic facilities for visiting groups. We’re opening up the terrace with a new large pioneer crop of potatoes on and in front of the western vineries. In and around last years potato area at the west peach house you’ll see we’ve begun cropping with vegetables and soft fruit.  We’ve started to clear the area in front of the eastern vineries. We’re continuing to explore and adapt the water and drainage system.  Individuals, groups, and the loan of manned equipment are bringing things on enormously.  All this enthusiasm is infectious, we need your help to do more!

 

You’ve seen what’s happening now and our plans for the future

Look back at the history of the Garden

Look around at what we’ve been doing in the months since we started onsite

Take a walking tour of the Lost Garden on the first Sunday of the month at 2pm from the Penicuik House Estate carpark at Carlops Road 

Or join us for a look at other times

Make contact with Roger Kelly, Florance Kennedy, Norma Coutts and the rest of the team

roger@kosmoid.net    01968 677854

or you can speak to the Trust volunteers at the Penycoe Press 01968 673767

or at our Saturday Open House and Sunday Cinema at Penicuik Town Hall

 

PICTURES FROM THE STORY OF THE LOST GARDEN:

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK: GLASSHOUSES built (27-31) and left out (34-39)

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK: WITH HEAD GARDENER’S HOUSE ON THE LEFT

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK: RANGE OF BOTHY AND PROCESS ROOMS ALONG  NORTH SIDE

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK : WEST PEACH HOUSE AS IT WAS LONG AGO

THE LOST GARDEN GLASSHOUSES LAST A CENTURY from late 1870s to late 1970s

FOR THE STORY BEHIND THE PICTURES SEE www.lostgarden.co.uk/story

 

William Wilson ran what is now the Lost Garden as a family operation in the twenties and thirties

FOR THE STORY BEHIND THE PICTURES SEE www.lostgarden.co.uk/story

FOR THE STORY BEHIND THE PICTURES SEE www.lostgarden.co.uk/story

FOR THE STORY BEHIND THE PICTURES SEE www.lostgarden.co.uk/story

 

FOR THE STORY BEHIND THE PICTURES SEE www.lostgarden.co.uk/story

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

PENICUIK COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT

RESTORING PENICUIK’S LOST WALLED GARDEN

An initiative of the Penicuik Community Development Trust

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK EXHIBITION

An initiative of the Penicuik Community Development Trust

All about the Lost Garden of Penicuik

www.lostgarden.co.uk

 

return to  www.lostgarden.co.uk/latest

 

Look back at the history of the Garden

Look around at what we’ve been doing in the months since we started onsite

Take a walking tour of the Lost Garden on the first Sunday of the month at 2pm from the Penicuik House Estate carpark at Carlops Road 

Or join us for a look at other times

Make contact with Roger Kelly, Florance Kennedy, Norma Coutts and the rest of the team

roger@kosmoid.net    01968 677854

or you can speak to the Trust volunteers at the Penycoe Press 01968 673767

or at our Saturday Open House and Sunday Cinema at Penicuik Town Hall