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THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

RESTORING PENICUIK’S LOST WALLED GARDEN

AND COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT LATEST NEWS

An initiative of the Penicuik Community Development Trust

 

October 2013: Month 20 of this 600 month project

Visit the Lost Garden on the regular “First Sunday of the Month” free walking tour –Carlops Road Car Park at 2pm on Sunday 6 October. See you there!

3 October: Announced today that we (Penicuik Community Development Trust) have been successful in our application to the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund for £31,900 towards restoration of the Lost Garden for food production, which includes £20,000 for restoring the West Plant House (the derelict 1897 Mackenzie & Moncur peninsular greenhouse).

Other items are a large lean-to polytunnel for the site of the East Peach House (east end of the hothouse wall),

http://www.proverified.net/index.php/lean-to-polytunnel?limit=all

 a pair of ramped wheelchair-friendly composting toilets,

http://www.thunderboxes2go.co.uk/

access equipment (scaffold and ladders) for repairs to walls and buildings, cargo bikes and bike racks. This CCF funding commits us to a range of behaviour changing actions and monitoring for a more sustainable future: in food supply, in the transport that goes with it, and in reducing food waste.

Government press release: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Green-for-go-4c3.aspx

List of projects: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Environment/climatechange/howyoucanhelp/communities/ClimateChallengeFund/projects/CCF15

Saturday Open House exhibition to celebrate on 5 October

 

Planning meetings are held on the Wednesday before the first Sunday of every month. The Lost Garden planning meeting on 2 October heard we have an experienced structural engineer with a record of heritage greenhouse restoration reporting shortly. He's looked at this greenhouse closely and is positive about it, having dealt with worse examples.

 

OCTOBER RUNNING PRODUCE TOTAL

410 kilos so far this year (120 kilos last year)

CARA 63 kilos harvested, 60 kilos sold, more to harvest later

“White, roundish, shallow pink eyes –a good baker and chipper, some of ours are very large”

CARA “Waste not want not”: 2nd QUALITY 6 kilos harvested, 4 kilos sold

“White, roundish, shallow pink eyes –a good baker and chipper, need more preparation (60p per kilo)

CASABLANCA 45 kilos harvest complete, all 45 kilos sold

“Delicious, better than anything we grew last year” -Mitch

CHARLOTTE 38 kilos harvest complete, all 38 sold

“Very good, really excellent salad potatoes” –Mike

REMARKA 32 kilos harvested, 28 kilos sold

“Big and white with excellent flavour and texture, large ones good for baking”

COLLEEN 28 kilos harvest complete, all 28 kilos sold

“This great all rounder in the kitchen has done well in the Lost Garden!”

GOLDEN WONDER 26 kilos harvested,18 kilos sold

“Scottish favourite, taste develops with keeping”

SETANTA 20 kilos harvested,20 kilos sold

“New to many, a versatile, good eating, floury redskinned variety”

MARIS PEER 18 kilos harvest complete, all 18 kilos sold

“An old favourite, good boiled or wedges, hot or cold.”

ORLA 18 kilos harvested, all 18 kilos sold

“Excellent all rounder”

TRIXIE 16 kilos harvested, all 16 kilos sold

“A good floury potato from the Lost Garden!”

PINK FIR APPLE 14 kilos harvested, 6 kilos sold, more for later

“Wonderful taste”

BAMBINO 12 kilos harvested, all12 kilos sold

“A lovely small tasty salad potato”

ARRAN VICTORY 12 kilos harvested, 9 kilos sold

“Old redskinned variety, wonderful taste and texture, great roaster”

AMBO 10 kilos harvested, 9 kilos sold

“Big white floury potato”

HUNTER 8 kilos harvested, 3 kilos sold

“Tasty white: firm and not too floury”

SARPO MIRA 6 kilos harvested, 0 kilos sold

 Redskinned, pale, fairly floury. Good storer, cook’s favourite, ideal baking and roasting.

VALOR 3 kilos harvested, 2 kilos sold

Attractive oval tubers, tasty white flesh, firm and not too floury

VALOR “Waste not want not”: 2nd QUALITY 2 kilos harvested, 0 kilos sold

Oval tubers, tasty white flesh, firm and not too floury, need more preparation (60p per kilo)

RECORD 1 kilo harvested, 0 kilos sold

Small numbers of other varieties lifted for testing, tasting & display

 

Plus 12 kilos of assorted potatoes harvested for to pay in kind work done

and 20 kilos of assorted and damaged potatoes for the Trust soup kitchens.

 

Offsite:

ESKMILL cooking apples 51 kilos picked so far

 

September 2013: Month 19 of this 600 month project

Good 2013 Potato Harvest continues this month:

335 kilos so far this year (120 kilos last year)

The project’s linked orchards in Eskmill and Valleyfield are now bearing fruit

A decision is awaited on our application for Climate Challenge funding which we submitted earlier this year.

 

MONIKA WHITFIELD’S SEPTEMBER WORKING VISIT

Monika Whitfield, who spent an important part of her childhood in the Lost Garden in the 1950s, has just been back for a fortnight working with us on the project. She has shown many photographs and told stories of those days, and the Trust held a photo exhibition of Growing up in the Lost Garden at the Saturday Open House in Penicuik Town Hall.  Some of this now appears on our Lost Garden Story page www.lostgarden.co.uk/story and even more has been included in a new downloadable large format A4 book at www.lostgarden.co.uk/storybook

 Take a look!  It will eventually appear in smaller A5 printed form from the Penycoe Press.

 

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK OPEN DAYS

On Doors Open Day (Saturday 14 Sept) there were well attended hourly walking tours

On our earlier monthly Open Day Sunday 1 September 2013

many came along to see the magical Upper Walled Garden of the Penicuik House Estate, abandoned for 50 years and now being restored by Penicuik Community Development Trust.

Nature Trail  *  Refreshments * Help to Harvest * Pick your Own
Craft demonstrations * workshops * bushcraft

On this Open Day (Sunday 1 Sept) the usual first-Sunday-of-the month walking tour started from the Carlops Road car park at 2pm

Food from the Lost Garden is available from Pen-y-Coe Press, Bridge Street, Penicuik, Mondays to Saturdays 10 – 4 and from Penicuik Town Hall Saturday Open House.

 

CARA 52 kilos harvested, 46 kilos sold, more to harvest later

“White, roundish, shallow pink eyes –a good baker and chipper.”

CASABLANCA 45 kilos harvest complete, all 45 kilos sold

“Delicious, better than anything we grew last year” -Mitch

CHARLOTTE 38 kilos harvest complete, all 38 sold

“Very good, really excellent salad potatoes” –Mike

REMARKA 32 kilos harvested, 4 kilos sold

“Big and white with excellent flavour and texture, large ones good for baking”

COLLEEN 28 kilos harvest complete, all 28 kilos sold

“This great all rounder in the kitchen has done well in the Lost Garden!”

SETANTA 20 kilos harvested,10 kilos sold

“New to many, a versatile, good eating, floury redskinned variety”

MARIS PEER 18 kilos harvest complete, all 18 kilos sold

“An old favourite, good boiled or wedges, hot or cold.”

ORLA 18 kilos harvested, all 18 kilos sold

“Excellent all rounder”

TRIXIE 16 kilos harvested, all 16 kilos sold

“A good floury potato from the Lost Garden!”

BAMBINO 12 kilos harvested,all 12 kilos sold

“A lovely small tasty salad potato”

GOLDEN WONDER 10 kilos harvested, 3 kilos sold, more for later

“Scottish favourite, taste develops with keeping”

AMBO 10 kilos harvested, 2 kilos sold

“Big white floury potato”

PINK FIR APPLE 6 kilos harvested, 6 kilos sold, more for later

“Wonderful taste”

ARRAN VICTORY 5 kilos harvested, 1 kilo sold

“Old redskinned variety, wonderful taste and texture, great roaster”

HUNTER 3 kilos harvested, 0 kilos sold, more for later

“Tasty white: firm and not too floury”

RECORD 1 kilo harvested, 0 kilos sold

Small numbers of other varieties lifted for testing, tasting & display

Plus 11 kilos of assorted potatoes harvested for to pay in kind work done

and 15 kilos of assorted and damaged potatoes for the Trust soup kitchens.

 

Offsite:

ESKMILL cooking apples 51 kilos picked so far

 

SEPTEMBER 2013 TOTALS

 Potatoes: 135 kilos harvest; 112 kilos sold (all actual)

Apples from central Penicuik orchard: Eskmill House 51 kilos harvested, 38 kilos sold.

Other fruits & vegetables 6 heads of cabbage, 4 courgettes, 12 kilos onions, 2 heads of broccoli, 6 bunches small broccoli, 6 bunches kale, 6 bunches herbs, 3 bunches runner beans, 2 bunches broad beans. (counted or estimated)

FOR A FULLER RECORD OF LOST GARDEN PRODUCE

www.lostgarden.co.uk/produce

 

tasty Casablanca harvested  www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p01d0fjd  picture Pennie Latin, BBC Scotland Kitchen Garden

August 2013: Month 18 of this 600 month project

 Second year’s crop of Lost Garden potatoes in full swing

200 kilos harvested so far

AUGUST TOTALS Potatoes: 117 kilos harvest; 139 kilos sold (all actual)

Other fruits & vegetables 20 lettuce 15 turnip, 20 herbs, 10 spinach, 5 chard, 5 kale, 4 kohl rabi, 1 packs broad beans, 3 kilos onions (all estimated)

 

On sale now at the Community Shop: Penycoe Press, Bridge Street

£1.60 per kilo bag: Monday to Saturday, 10 till 4  tel: 01968 673767

And at Town Hall Saturday Open House High St, 10-2

And at Valleyfield House Saturday Market, 17 High St, 10-12   www.kosmoid.net/vh

Lost Garden blackcurrant jam, lettuce, turnips, peas, chives and other crops also available at the Town Hall and Penycoe Press.

Potatoes:

CASABLANCA 45 kilos harvest complete, all 45 kilos sold

“Delicious, better than anything we grew last year” -Mitch

CHARLOTTE 38 kilos harvest complete, all 38 sold

“Very good, really excellent salad potatoes” –Mike

CARA 30 kilos harvested, 25 kilos sold, more to harvest later

“White, roundish, shallow pink eyes –a good baker and chipper.”

COLLEEN 28 kilos harvest complete, all 28 kilos sold

“This great all rounder in the kitchen has done well in the Lost Garden!”

MARIS PEER 18 kilos harvest complete, all 18 kilos sold

“An old favourite, good boiled or wedges, hot or cold.”

ORLA 18 kilos harvested, all 18 kilos sold

“Excellent all rounder”

TRIXIE 14 kilos harvested, 14 kilos sold: few more to harvest later

“A good floury potato from the Lost Garden!”

BAMBINO 8 kilos harvested, 8 kilos sold more to harvest later

“A lovely small tasty salad potato”

Small numbers of other varieties lifted for testing, tasting & display

 

To follow on will be AMBO, GOLDEN WONDER, PINK FIR APPLE, VALOUR, ARRAN VICTORY, HUNTER, SETANTA, REMARKA. RECORDA, SARPO MIRA and more…

Check out the characteristics of all our growing varieties at www.lostgarden.co.uk/potato/days2013

Other vegetables too: peas, beans, lettuce, spinach, turnips, beetroot, kohlrabi

 

July 2013: Month 17 of this 600 month project

Second year’s crop of Lost Garden potatoes begins

JULY TOTALS Potatoes: 83 kilos harvest; 61 kilos sold (all actual)

Other fruits & vegetables 20 lettuce 10 turnip, 20 herbs, 10 spinach, 10 rhubarb, 2 blackcurrant (all estimated)

Pete harvests a turnip at the Lost Garden of Penicuik

 -BBC Scotland's environment correspondent, David Miller with Zoe camera & sound

- see their film report www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-23388699?SThisFB

 

 

Pennie Latin visits The Lost Garden of Penicuik

in a radio feature on BBC Scotland’s Kitchen Garden –listen on www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p01d0fjd

 

The Lost Garden has grown abundantly in the dry summer and is on target to double its output. This year and every year we plan to double our fruit and veg production and double our numbers of happy volunteers.  Health in Mind have been stalwart in restoring the Garden with us alongside Penicuik Lost Garden enthusiasts young and old and the international help-exchange youngsters who’ve been putting their backs into cultivation. Making progress this way through honest toil (no grants yet unfortunately) gives a real sense of achievement.  Earlier in July we happily completed our new toilet (invaluable for vulnerable and traumatised helpers), took delivery of many well-loved heritage tools from Penicuik well-wishers, and put the finishing touches to the Lost Garden’s wildlife observation hide.  Sadly all these hard-won facilities were then totally lost in the three widely-reported end-of-school dusk arson attacks where our toilet, tool and wildlife sheds were firebombed one after another, leaving some helpers in tears. Those who did it are well-known locally on social media, we need them to help grow this great project and put the blight side of life behind them.  Positive encouragement has come from all over Midlothian, from the team at Gardeners Question Time (with another August programme due from Penicuik), from Pennie Latin of BBC Scotland’s Kitchen Garden and David Miller of Reporting Scotland both of which featured the Lost Garden on July 19. Please come and help at the garden, there’s lots to be done, including watering in dry weather. If you can spare us slabs, blocks, gravel, tools and sheds we’d be grateful.  Look out for our tasty produce at Saturday Open House in the Town Hall, and at the Penycoe Press shop in Bridge Street through the week.  You can always find ways to help the Lost Garden project from Florance Kennedy on 677444 or Roger Kelly on 677854. As always the first Sunday of each month is a regular workday, with Roger Kelly leading free walking tours from Carlops Road carpark at 2pm.

 

 

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

GARDENERS’ QUESTION TIME

FROM THE LOST GARDEN

AND PENICUIK TOWN HALL

 

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

In June 2013 growing continues apace, with individual efforts in tending and watering crops and many hours work put in by visiting garden groups this month: Orchard Centre, Good Wood, and Branching Out.

Tiphoreth’s Peregrine Group plans to join us every week from mid-August

Mauricewood Primary School makes affirmative contact

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

The Federation of City Farms & Community Gardens in association with Trellis: health through horticulture and Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust holds a Community Gardening Networking event in Penicuik Arts Centre and at the Lost Garden. 

 

A few days after the Penicuik Trust held its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 30 May in Penicuik Town Hall  (see newly elected board and our range of work here), on Monday 3 June 200 people packed the Town Hall to record BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners Question Time with Eric Robson, Carole Baxter, Anne Swithinbank and Bob Flowerdew featuring the Lost Garden of Penicuik. The programme broadcast on 14 and 16 June.

Gardeners Question Time Penicuik Town Hall June 2013
Lost Garden of Penicuik
Penicuik Community Development Trust

See more pictures of the Lost Garden and read more

about our current situation and plans in June 2013 here

 

 

 

MAY 2013MONTH 15 of the Trust’s 600 month project

-biggest vegetable planting month in the Lost Garden to date

Low-loader, digger & dumper came for 2 days at the end of May to clear our topside access

Augie from Boston and Peter from Penicuik work potato plots

Eric and Laura from Barcelona planting out.

Lost Garden vegetable plot planting teams are hard at work further west

so last year’s potato plot has become this year’s vegetable garden

Spring at last on the West Rampl

Orchard Centre team clear & dig on Wednesday 22 May, this will be a regular fortnightly event

More potato progress from our local and international helpers - it all adds up!

A workparty from Bonnyrigg Orchard Centre led by Joe Pamphilon

and Roger Kelly were in the garden on Wednesday 22 May.

See how the garden grew in June here

 There was a chance to chat about The Lost Garden of Penicuik

after the Edinburgh meeting of the Garden History Society on 15 May

Spirit of Place Peter Burman

Octagonal Bath Rousham Oxfordshire

 

APRIL 2013MONTH 14 of our 600 month project

THE EARLIES ARE GOING TO BE LATE THIS YEAR!

Lost Garden of Penicuik 19 Aprril 2013
Planting Casablanca early potatoes, Ben WoodLost Garden of Penicuik 19 Aprril 2013
Planting Casablanca early potatoes, Ben Wood

Ben plants the first 10 potato rows (Casablanca) on 18+19 April

 

On April 1 our friend Brennan Soane died.  An energetic expert on soils around the world, he was a long-term supporter of the Lost Garden, and of Penicuik Community Development Trust.  He patronised the VH community shop, regularly attended the Saturday Open House in the Town Hall, and came to Sunday Cinema where the subtitles made up for his lack of hearing.  He’ll be missed by everyone who knew him. 

Brennan Soane in the Lake District 1951Brennan Soane on Skye 2011

Brennan Derry Soane  1930-2013

 

With snow at an end it became possible for the Lost Garden team to resume planting preparations, and Rik and Florance began to clear the sump at the foot of the West Ramp.  Edinburgh’s Green Team spent a day at the Garden on Sunday 7 April, they made a big impact on dead hedging  and joined in with part of the walking tour.  Norma, Peter and Mitch worked through the morning of 11 April, the ground temperature at 2°and 3° still below the 6° we need for planting out

 

   

Branching Out Team day

. A 9 strong Branching Out team engaging New Caledonian Woodlands and Bonnyrigg’s Orchard Centre came to help us with brash stacking and charcoal clearing Some great work was done by all, and Bonnyrigg’s Joe Pamphilon.will look at bringing back a regular Orchard Centre team in future.

 

MARCH 2013 MONTH 13 of our 50 year project

On the first Sunday tour this month on 3 March we were

 joined by Keith Taylor of Ravelrig Community Garden Balerno and other visitors

All through the month frost and snow hampered some of our work on preparing the 2013 growing areas.

 Potato planting will have to wait.

 

 

On 11 March we met some of the Beechgrove Garden technical team at Penicuik Arts Centre and went on to show them some of the beauties of The Lost Garden under snow:-walls, growing areas, grand staircase, ramps, fountain, gates. Then at the end of the month we spoke to Gardeners Question Time about featuring the Lost Garden in an edition from Penicuik Town Hall –see details above.

 

And Julia, Joyce and Michelle from Queen Margaret University made a three-minute documentary.

See it on vimeo here

 

Our new community shop PEN-Y-COE PRESS in Bridge Street Penicuik

handles Lost Garden & Breadshare Bakery produce

www.kosmoid.net/penicuik/press

 

Later next month we’ll begin to plant our potatoes at the Garden – the snow and frost go on and on!

The Lost Garden’s Saturday seed Potato days continued through

March from 10 till 2 in Penicuik Town Hall see below

and details on www.lostgarden.co.uk/potato/days2013

We start with:   AMBO. ARRAN VICTORY,  BAMBINO,  CARA, CASABLANCA,  CHARLOTTE,  COLLEEN,  GOLDEN WONDER,  HUNTER,  LINDA,  MARIS PEER,  ORLA,  PINK FIR APPLE,  RECORD,  REMARKA,  ROBINTA,  SARPO MIRA,  SETANTA,  TRIXIE  &  VALOR. -Don’t miss this chance to see and buy organic seed, plus 2 special extra not-yet-organic varieties. PARU and RED EMMALIE

 All these seed potatoes are available to all,

other potato enthusiasts, gardeners and community groups across southern Scotland please note!

 

Beechgrove Garden researchers came to the Lost Garden in March and The Green Team arrives in April .

The Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh have issued their new learning and doing prospectus. See:

www.rbge.org.uk/assets/files/Education/RBGE%20Continuing%20Education%20Prospectus%2013-14.pdf

 

FEBRUARY 2013 —MONTH 12 of our 50 year project

The first of Tony’s two picnic benches for Lost Gardeners in the Central Planthouse

Cut from Lost Garden timber.

 

PREPARING 2013 POTATO PLOTS FOR PLANTING

The first digging of the new plots beside the West Vine House (where Stuart Macintyre tended those prized tomatoes in the 1950s:— see Lost Garden Story) is now nearly finished and hand weeding is in progress.  Charlotte, Cara and Maris Peer will be our main varieties this year, with smaller quantities of Golden Wonder, Pink Fir Apple and 15 other organic varieties which are featuring in the LOST GARDEN POTATO DAYS at Penicuik Town Hall every Saturday during February and March. All these potatoes will be available to all, other potato enthusiasts, gardeners and community groups across southern Scotland please note.  The Beechgrove Garden researchers will come to the Lost Garden in March and The Green Team arrives in April.

 

EAST RAMP RETURNED TO LIFE AT LAST

Hard work by volunteers brings the Lost Garden’s magnificent East Ramp back into view,

its stone tracks and drains were hidden under decades of undergrowth and leaf mould.

It slopes down from the Terrace to the flat grassy ride at the foot beside the outer walls.

 

HORSE LOGGING AT THE LOST GARDEN?

With Caitlin and Rab Erskine we’ve been exploring the possibility of using Cob horse Angel of

Innerleithen’s Homestead Horselogging Company to help us clear some of the Lost Garden trees..

 

 

Preparation of biodynamic redcurrant and organic vegetable beds in Eve’s plot at the west end of the upper terrace

The West Peach House once stood here at left, the structure of the West Plant House as in the background

 

WEST PLANT HOUSE RESTORATION?

The West Plant House was newer than the original 1875 glasshouses at the

Lost Garden  --it was an 1895 replacement by specialists Mackenzie & Moncur.

Unlike the others, the structure still stands today, but only just.

 

 

Chris Scotland of Gogar Cabinetworks is to look at the task of how we might restore

this timber structure (The West Plant House) over the summer months if possible.

 

POTATO DAYS 2013

Saturday seed Potato days through February and March

from Saturday 9 February from 10 till 2 in Penicuik Town Hall

Last year in our first six months at the Lost Garden we grew over 120kg of LADY BALFOUR, BRITISH QUEEN  and DESIREE varieties and made seed available to local growers.  This year with more of the Lost Garden under cultivation and rotation we plan grow at least three times as much.  This year we’ve been sharing 20 varieties of our organic seed purchases with enthusiasts in a series of ORGANIC SEED POTATO DAYS on February and March Saturdays in Penicuik Town Hall.  We start with:   AMBO. ARRAN VICTORY,  BAMBINO,  CARA, CASABLANCA,  CHARLOTTE,  COLLEEN,  GOLDEN WONDER,  HUNTER,  LINDA,  MARIS PEER,  ORLA,  PINK FIR APPLE,  RECORD,  REMARKA,  ROBINTA,  SARPO MIRA,  SETANTA,  TRIXIE  &  VALOR. -Don’t miss this chance to see and buy organic seed, plus 2 special extra not-yet-organic varieties. PARU and RED EMMALIE

See some details of each variety in our 2013 Potato Day booklet : www.lostgarden.co.uk/potato/days2013

 

February 3 2013: Lost Garden walking tour

(2pm from Estates Carlops Road Carpark on first Sunday of every month)

 

JANUARY 2013

Preparing ground for new plantings

Architects & engineers tour the garden

 

In January we were delighted to show the Lost Garden to Andy Davey, principal of architects Simpson & Brown, who are consulting on restorations at Penicuik House and Rosslyn Chapel.  Andy was responsible for the award-winning visitor centre at Arbroath Abbey, for advising on restoration at Poltimore House , Devon and his firm is consulted on brick garden structures at Elvaston, Derby.  “I thoroughly enjoyed my tour of the walled garden this afternoon –it exceeded all my expectations! I think this is such an exciting and worthwhile initiative.. As I said, we would be very keen to help you get started with this long term project..”

 

January saw the first of what we hope will be many working visits to the Garden.

Beeslack School brought some senior pupils in its horticulture and estate management skills-for-work program,

and Dave Alcorn brought the Conservation Volunteers.

 

January 5,6 and 12

Lost Garden story exhibition, Penicuik Town Hall

January 6: Lost Garden walking tour

(2pm from Estates Carlops Road Carpark on first Sunday of every month)

 

CHRISTMAS 2012

£1500-worth of Christmas Trees cut and supplied from the Garden

 

AUTUMN 2012: SPEND PART OF A

LOST WEEKEND

 WITH THE CLEARANCE TEAM

Jim Menigall and team have been clearing more unwanted trees north and south of the Great Hothouse Wall and Jim has also brought along pallets for stacking bricks.

If you can spare some time (just a few hours) on Friday 19, Saturday 20 or Sunday 21October  between 10 am and 3 pm to help tidy up downtakings of trees or palleting all the dropped bricks that are to be saved (60 per pallet), there is lots to be done. Bring gloves!

We are collecting stocks of useable wood from the downtakings and Peter and Mitch have been making a long dry hedge from the sticks and twigs to protect and shelter the west side of the top garden.

Plus we hope to start the Fruit Tree fence down the Grand Staircase to the left, to be ready for Tony's cordon plantings in the cold season.

 

Come and join us. ALL HANDS WELCOME  --SEE YOU THERE says JIM.

 

Dave Alcorn of The Conservation Volunteers has been in touch about working with us at the Lost Garden in future

Bruce Joyce, Landscaper, has given us a first estimate for rabbit-proof fencing either side of the Upper Terrace

 

Our next Lost Garden planning meetings onsite and in town will be on Wednesday 31 November, Gardeners onsite party on 3 November and Walking Tour on 4 October.

Dougie, Roger K and others meet MSP Christine Grahame to talk about the Lost Garden on 7 November

 

Speak to Roger K about the Lost Garden anytime at 01968 677854 or 07726 862850

 

OPEN DAY SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER

Roger K took the monthly walk around the garden for visitors from the Penicuik House Carlops Road car park at 2pm.

 

OPENING UP THE LIGHT

CLEARANCE TEAM PROGRESS

Thursday 4 October saw a work party clear much of the space readyfor Kelman and drain-digging at the north access side of the site.Dougie and Jim had already done a lot to remove the damp shady growth which has choked our buildings and access area above the north end of the Lost Garden.     Now the sun can shine again!

 

This follows the last planning meeting onsite and back in town on 3 October attended by Shirley, Mitch, Dougie, Jim, PeterC, Norma, Daniel, RogerK, Linda, RogerH, Tony, JaneK and helper Anna from Singapore.

 

 

DOORS OPEN DAY at the Lost Garden of Penicuik was warm and overcast, and saw over 50 visitors touring the Garden in no less than five walking groups, with three times that number at the Trust’s other Open Doors Day exhibition in the Cowan Institute (Penicuik Town Hall).  Garden visitors included the grandson of the Wilsons who worked the gardens all through the 1920s and 30s, and granddaughters of Mackenzie & Moncur, the Edinburgh hothouse suppliers.  Two people remembered their time at Girl Guide camps on the Lost Garden terrace in the 1960s and 70s.

 

ALL OUR POTATOES HARVESTED & SOLD

With blight in prospect after national alarms and a change from soaking rain to damp mornings of warm weather, we’ve harvested our potatoes in the first full week of August.  They were available bagged by the kilo at £1.60 in our three organic varieties and have now all gone.

BRITISH QUEEN, our oldest variety, was introduced in 1894 as a cross between Paterson’s Victoria  and Old Blue Don.  A great heritage potato,  British Queen is the most prone of our three varieties to blight so it was a priority for us to get it out of the ground and on to your table as fast as we could.  Smallish but very tasty, the flesh is white and floury. 

DÉSIRÉE,  our last potato to be planted out late this spring, has come along well in the rich LOST GARDEN earth.  It was introduced in 1962, just a handful of seasons before the Lost Garden began its long slumber.  Distinctively pink-skinned and cream-fleshed with good taste, it’s half way between waxy and floury and so lends itself to all sorts of ways of cooking.

LADY BALFOUR, the variety whose name honours the indefatigable Eve Balfour who inspired the Soil Association in the forties and fifties, has had the most benefit from the LOST GARDEN ground since we planted it first of all this year. A creamy colour, with good keeping qualities and a taste that improves with age, this is the quintessential organic variety.

 

All over Britain this season, potatoes were blighted as warmth has followed weirdly-wet weather.     Here at the LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK, using well-loved organic varieties, the best seed from Andrew Skea, Scotland’s key supplier (see below), traditional organic growing techniques, watchful husbandry  and early lifting to keep our tubers out of trouble, we’ve been able to harvest the earth’s essential goodness.  The yields may be small -much smaller than usual- but we’ve deliberately avoided the current potato management practices used elsewhere which rely heavily on multiple fungicide applications (up to 20 per season) for disease control.

About our bags…     We bagged in simple paper, with a sturdy outer paper-handled carrier, all supplied from Penicuik by Cameron Reith at Puddock Bags in Eastfield Drive. They lasted well, carried more inner bags if needed, and some people brought them back for refills.

                                                                   sorting one of the early batches of British Queen

STATISTICS FOR HARVEST COMPLETE AS AT 8 SEPTEMBER 2012

LADY BALFOUR: Harvested 50kg BRITISH QUEEN: Harvested 39kg DESIREE: Harvested 31kg   TOTAL:  Harvested 120kg

Lost Garden potato costs and revenue:   seed £42   bags £24   income £192   net £126

Trust’s one-off site lease costs roughly £3,500 (less grant support £750) Trust’s Lost Garden loss now around £2,600

 

We meet a demand for good but imperfect produce with our Waste Not Want Not range

Labels from the Waste Not Want Not range

Estimate from Waste Not Want Not potatoes (£7)

 

 

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LOST GARDEN  LATEST NEWS

POTATOES GO IN FROM THURSDAY 12 APRIL

This was the scene in the Lost Garden after a Wednesday work afternoon with Roma and Roger as the estate bell rings five, ready for Mitch to supervise first plantings from that Thursday onwards.

Newly-dug garden ground is being improved with well-rotted horse manure from Joyce Kent’s East Lothian base at Macmerry. Joyce is Group Instructor at Thornton Rose Ride-Ability Group at Rosewell and has been donating sackloads and trailer-loads to the Lost Garden Project

MORE PLANTING IN MAY

See below how our western boundary was cleared in June by the Head Forester

ALL THREE VARIETIES BLOOMING IN JULY

Planning

The end-August planning meeting outside in-situ was attended by Roger and Shirley and inside in Penicuik by Jess, Stef, Roger, Caroline, Katie, Peter, Vito, Ronja, Ulla, Tony, Norma and Mitch.

 

We visited the Royal Botanic Garden of Edinburgh for induction on Wednesday 5 September (2pm Hope Gateway)and were shown the impressively maintained growing plots, polytunnel, fruit bushes and Dyers Garden by Jenny Faulkes.

 

Growing

Until harvesting week in early August, our potatoes were all very large, all flowered, healthy looking and green as shown in the pictures above.

The three potato varieties were distinct on the plot: Lady Balfour, British Queen, Desiree.

As the potatoes were harvested we replaced them with broccoli, leeks and other crops.

 

The bed between the potatoes and the back of the Sabbath School wall is now planted up with

1 broad beans –these were harvested on 30 September

2 spinach

3 beetroot

a few parsley plants and some spring onions have gone in too.

Some anti bird nets have gone over some of the plants but we will need more.

Fruit bushes have produced a small crop of blackcurrants.

Further along at the plots just west of the Central Glasshouse, some clearing and digging has been done to get ready for more planting in the autumn and a big potato patch for next spring.

 

We think that all the carrot and parsley seeds which were sown in the last glasshouse bed, floated away in the deluges. Nothing appeared there at all, even after a second sowing.

 

Contacts and Offers

Jessica and Stef have joined our group, and will help us select varieties for organic growing and construct some of the things we need around the garden.  Mitch has donated wooden windows for cold frames.

 

Stella Rankin of Kevock Garden Plants phoned to offer to help us with planting and growing advice and to host fund-raising events at their Nurseries in Kevock Road, Lasswade. This is a super offer.

http://www.kevockgarden.co.uk/

 

We have enjoyed a first work-session with the Edinburgh-based Good Wood project

http://www.newcaledonianwoodlands.org/projects/goodwood.php

 The team arrived from Edinburgh in their minibus.  The visit was very successful from our point of view.  We got some good digging done, and the group will be returning to the Lost Garden at intervals.

We are in touch with the Edinburgh-based Green Team about similar project visits

 

 

Roger Kelly met Army Welfare who are considering some possible joint work –they have yet to reconnect.

 

We were offered a big free shed to be uplifted and re-roofed etc. to house a temporary toilet. The shed had to be gratefully declined in view of roof and floor condition, dismantling and transport.  Two other free sheds have been brought onsite by ready Paul for assembly

 

Caroline Maciver has made contact with the volunteer organisations in Midlothian and is well on the way to putting us all (not just the Garden but the Trust) on the volunteer map so that potential volunteers and gardeners can easily find us.

 

Caroline and Jane Mac are going to apply for a grant to cover the cost of rabbit-proof fencing.

 

Mitch has bought a lost garden strimmer and is looking after it on our behalf.  It was paid for using part of our tool grant. (NHS Scotland)

So far we have sold plants and planters to the value of approx  £50, Lost Garden Blackcurrant Jam to the value of £20, and Lost Garden Potatoes to the value of £192.

 

In addition to potatoes and other produce which can be seen at the Town Hall Saturday Open House (10 till 2) and at Valleyfield House Saturday Food Market (10 till 12), Plants are available in aid of the Lost Garden at the Saturday Open House. Donations 30p - £1.50 per plant will be gratefully accepted.

 

There will be a dedicated money box and a book to keep a record of sales, donations and expenditure in the Town Hall

 

Katie and Caroline have made and laminated some large colourful plant labels which have been put in place.

 

 

Other Reclamation work

 

Florance and Rik continue to work on the fountain

and the impressive input and output of the supply that serves it

 

Some of the main Lost Garden axis is being trimmed –through the trees from fountain to steps low branches removed by Rik, and from fountain to gate strimmed by Mitch, with some of the 500 daffodils donated by Dobbies now planted.

 

Since the rhododendron was removed by the Head Forester leaving the garden more exposed it was decided that Tony Dore  would plant artichokes which grow tall. But the plants didn’t survive the jaws of their predators!

 

Tony (who looks after the orchard at the Bush Estate) is taking charge of our project to plant fruit trees to be trained along the walls of the garden. We should be able to grow apples, pears and plums –these were grown here successfully in days gone by.

 

The whole length of side path (the West Ramp) from above top to bottom has been cleared revealing a stone channel which must have been both drainage and a roadway to wheel barrows or lead draft horses  to connect the 2 parts of the garden. We have irises and a useful water supply. It  The East Ramp is now getting the same treatment

 

The compost bins are up to 3 now and look great. They are getting filled.

 

We  just need people really! It can be lonely up there and it is great when we get a good turnout. It has always seemed warmer and more sheltered than the rest of Penicuik: those garden designers knew what they were doing.

 

Phone Jane K (01968 677854) for or with any more information. or to join in discussion with suggestions.

 

Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday 3rd October at the Lost Garden at about 6.30 pm and then at 7.30pm at Valleyfield House, 17 High St, at 7.30pm

Our next Lost Garden walking tour is on the first Sunday, 7th October at 2pm from the Penicuik Estate Carlops Road Car Park. 

 

 

ACE: WELL-KENT LOCAL HORSE MADE GOOD

Here is Ace who in the 1990s used to overwinter on his own just up the hill from the Lost Garden, alone on the moor at the head of the Carlops Road. In those long-ago days he seemed old and sad and abandoned, just like the Garden. Yet now Ace is recognised as a horse with real character.  He’s just won the British Horse Society Equine Personality of the Year. For the last 12 years he’s given joy to disabled riders of all ages, passing on a sense of achievement and confidence. His start in life was as a logging horse on the Pentland Hills and he joined the team at Thornton Rose in its Braidwood RDA days in 1999. Ace works three days a week and has rarely missed a day. He has the gift of reassuring other horses with his calming and steady influence on rides and in the field. It’s good to be valued at last! Ace’s story is an inspiration for this Garden in so many ways.

 

 

ANDREW SKEA POTATOES FOR THE LOST GARDEN

The Lost Garden’s potatoes have been grown from organic seed from Andrew Skea at Auchterhouse. Andrew has this year become the President of the British Potato Trades Association –congratulations!

 

Our potatoes were chatted before planting out in the newly-dug northwest plot at E (see the ABC below) just below the remains of the West Pear House. The ground has been dressed with well rotted horse-manure-based compost (2 trailer loads and 44 bags brought here from Joyce Kent so far) and (where needed) with potash gathered by Mitch from Pete’s smouldered nettle roots.

 

  

International helpers Malte and Rike from near Hamburg hard at

work on Penicuik’s Lost Garden in all weathers.

PLANTING IN ALL WEATHERS

While Peter clears ground up ahead, international help-exchange helper

Vito (Tsz ho Kuok) from Hong Kong digs to prepare for our next food

crop. Vito was determined to finish the plot in spite of the rain.

 

Keeping up the pace are keen local volunteers of all ages and a few young help-exchange helpers from overseas. Our potato plantings this year began with LADY BALFOUR. Scottish bred for an organic early Maincrop, Lady Balfour is named after Eve Balfour the Soil Association founder and has high yields and very good disease resistance. Oval potatoes with splashes of pink they have firm cream flesh and a mild flavour.  Lady Balfour was followed by plantings of BRITISH QUEEN and then by DESIREE into May as more freshly dug area became available. 

Other varieties like BAMBINO and ISLE OF JURA and special planting requests may follow on other parts of the Lost Garden in future years.

 

FIRST FRUIT, FLOWERS AND HERBS

First donated soft fruit plantings of Gooseberry and Jostaberry (blackcurrant-gooseberry) have gone in beside the surviving blackberry bush in Eve’s Garden. By May the rabbits had been at them already. Still, we got enough to raise £20 for The Lost Garden from our Blackcurrant Jam.  Flowers and herbs are being planted on either side of the Central hothouse steps, with some flowers inside where the invasive trees have left room.

 

DEVELOPMENT TRUST BACKS THE LOST GARDEN

Meeting in Penicuik on 11 April the managing committee of Penicuik Community Development Trust backed the encouraging progress so far on the Lost Garden project and endorsed plans to acquire Penicuik’s Old Post Office and Pen-y-Coe Press in Bridge Street to maintain a popular local business and give the Trust and The Lost Garden a town centre base to show our work and trade from during the week when the Town Hall is being used by others. Read more about these plans on www.makers.org.uk/penicuik/press

 

 

MOSS AND LICHEN NOT TO BE LOST

We’ve been happy to clear mosses and lichens away when cleaning steps and making them safe.  We’re trying not to clear all the moss and lichen from every other stone surface though. And we want to hang on to moss and lichen encrusted trees.  After all, these growths are a sign of the good health of the lost garden and a big part of its beauty and charm as the photographs show. A lichen display featured in the Spring 2012 Science Festival in Penicuik Town Hall.

 

   

ADAM AND EVE -THE LOST GARDEN A.B.C.

Looking at the length of the upper terrace where the greenhouses were, we’ve identified five distinct areas from A to E running from right to left at the top of the Lost Garden’s main steps. Longwall glasshouses ran through all five areas, and extra glasshouses projected southwards at B, C and D.

 

A is for Adam, the symbolic figure celebrated a century and a half ago by Penicuik’s Thistle Lodge of Free Gardeners, originally a sister lodge of Auchterarder. It’s also for Auldjo Jamieson, the Edinburgh Accountant so much involved with the Lost Garden’s earliest years –read about him in the Lost Garden Story. A is also for the Alders which grow at this damp easternmost Penicuik end of the terrace. Alders were used for charcoal burning which started in the Lost Garden in the nineteen seventies.  Rotten decades-old sacks of charcoal can be found strewn among the Alders in areas A and B.

The base of the eastern peninsular greenhouse lies in area B which runs westbound from there. B is for the Billies, father and son, Lakeland charcoal burners made famous by Arthur Ransome.

 Area C surrounds the main Central Conservatory, once the biggest and tallest hothouse in the garden. Here is our main Congregating area for special occasions, without permanent covering as yet! On either side of the approach we have planted one small bed of flowers and another of herbs.

Next along is Area D with its prolific Daffodils. D is for Dennis, the local bricklayer and contractor John Dennis was born in 1842 as Dennis Murphy.  Here is the third and western peninsular greenhouse, rebuilt more solidly in the 1890s.  Perhaps because of this, its structure still stands for us to restore, but currently it is too Derelict and Dangerous to go inside.

Area E is the last at the country end of the terrace (a brass letter E was found here at the start of the project). As by far the easiest area for us to start with, it’s our garden of Eden dedicated to Eve Balfour and her potatoes. We’re giving the old blackcurrant bush by the wall here-where the Peach House once stood- some gooseberries and other soft fruit for company if the rabbits will let us!  

These areas A to E are on the upside of the terrace. But each segment also has a downside parterre held back by the retaining wall from the lower square walled area between the foot of the long steps and the main gates. Apart from clearing and cleaning the steps themselves, we’re not going near this parterre for the moment.

 At the foot of the long steps, the very large walled square Kitchen Garden divides naturally into four big quadrants around the fountain. F is in the northeast from the fountain to the fallen brick face of the terrace retaining wall. G is in the northwest towards the garden’s tiny gas works which still stands just beyond the wall.  H is in the southeast up to the heraldic gate and I in the southwest points into the prevailing wind.

Back at the top end of the garden, above the growing areas and on the other side of the hundred-and-twenty-foot greenhouse wall was the long single-storey range of garden buildings, now mostly roofless.  Left to right along its frontage was the Mushroom House (backing area A); Bothy, vennel and the rooms of the gardener’s house.  Later converted to forestry offices, this was where water and electricity came in and the inside loo was situated (backing area B); Central entrance and main workhall (later woodworking studio) with temporary sleeping space above (backing Area C); Former furnace and hot rooms now burned out and demolished (backing area D); Former Garden Sabbath School now workstore area (backing area E). For more about how all these things came to be, see the Lost Garden Story.

 

 PUTTING THE MEGALITHS BACK IN PLACE

Displaced large long stones lie across the land we are planting with potatoes in area E, like the dried fern covered mass in the middle of this picture. They are in the way. We need to move them a short distance back to their proper place. They once formed the outer base of the longwall Eve greenhouse (once the Peach House) which we want to restore one day.  Moving these megaliths is a challenge –a major test of joint effort, strength and ingenuity.  Can you help?

 

LOST IN THE ARCHIVES

Our researchers at the National Archives and in Penicuik are finding more about the history of the Lost Garden and the involvement of George Auldjo Jamieson. Join in and keep up with the emerging story of the Lost Garden here on our special webpage at

www.makers.org.uk/penicuik/lostgardenstory

or come to the Saturday Open House sessions at Penicuik Town Hall (10am-2pm) where there’s usually Lost Garden display alongside the Trust’s other exhibitions.

The lost garden plan of 1873 has now been found  (click here for pdf view)

 

 

LOST IN THE PENICUIK CINEMA

Weekly cinemagoers enjoying Martin Scorsese’s Hugo on the Trust’s big screen in Penicuik Town Hall on 22 April were delighted to see the re-creation of Georges Melies’ glass film studio in Paris -a building not far removed from our own Lost Garden hothouse. It fell apart in front of our eyes!  See it and some of the other brilliant Hugo effects on YouTube here  (See upcoming Penicuik cinema here.)

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP

both in the Garden and behind the scenes.

Digging, planting, shifting, clearing, cleaning, identifying, researching, partnering. And we need more tools, thermos flasks, plantpots, manure, fencing, bricks, gravel, paving slabs, old carpets, and publicity -for our growing plans and restoration.  Give us a call or come to the Saturday Open House in Penicuik Town Hall. Our current task list is at www.makers.org.uk/penicuik/lostgardentasklist 

 

Grand Staircase in March and April –what a difference a month makes!

LET’S SHOW YOU THE LOST GARDEN

and what we’re doing to bring it back to production and a sustainable future. You’re welcome to join our regular work parties but if you want to look first we can give you a tour. On the first Sunday of every month we’ll show you round if you turn up at 2pm to join the group in the Penicuik House Estate car park on Carlops Road (just up the hill from the Spear Gate). We’ll walk you over to the Lost Garden.  

 

OVER 50 JOINED IN LOST GARDEN OPEN DAY ON 6 MAY 2012

On 6 May over 50 people of all ages came to celebrate the first few weeks of this 50 year project and some of the planting and restoration work we’ve done so far. The roofless Central Conservatory was our meeting place, prepared for the occasion. See Ruth Strauss facebook pictures here.  

 

LACK OF A LOST GARDEN LOO

Remember, there were no toilet facilities yet! We were looking to provide them in future along these lines perhaps –see product here and local example here!  It was not until much later in June 2013

that our first loo was provided, and plans made to establish composting facilities.

 

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

 

Go to http://www.lostgarden.co.uk/look for lots more

PICTURES OF THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

 

FEBRUARY 2012: THE PROJECT BEGINS

At the end of February 2012, after three years of negotiations with the owners, the Trust began a long-term lease on the great brick-built Victorian Walled Garden at Penicuik Estate.

 

It’s the first step in what we see as a 50 year project for food production and historic garden restoration.

 

For images of the Lost Garden in the years since its creation in the 1870s www.lostgarden.co.uk/look  

For the background story of The Lost Garden see www.lostgarden.co.uk/story

For some of the early background to our restoration project see www.makers.org.uk/penicuik/food

For our inaugural prospectus back in 2009 see www.lostgarden.co.uk/prospectus2009

For our current Town Centre ideas for the Pen-y-Coe Press see www.kosmoid.net/penicuik/press

For the restoration project of our MapaScotland colleagues see  www.makers.org.uk/mapascotland

 

Jonathan Martin Whitfield, MB ChB, FRCP(C) one of America’s leading pediatricians and a specialist in neonatal care, talks of his childhood in the midst of the Lost Garden www.kosmoid.net/penicuik/whitfield

 

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK -E

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK –E,D,C

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK C

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

 

 

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK -D

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

 

THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

The walled garden restoration began in 2012.

See how far we’ve come by  June 2013 here

 

Find out more about the Penicuik Community Development Trust and its projects at the weekly Open House in Penicuik Town Hall

On-the-spot exhibitions, on-the-spot hands-on crafts sessions for kids and adults, onsite visits and more…

 

WEBSITE LINKS:

PICTURES OF THE LOST GARDEN

 

STORY OF THE LOST GARDEN

–how the Lost Garden of Penicuik came to happen

 

 

LOST GARDEN POTATO DAYS IN PENICUIK TOWN HALL 2013

 

GROWING UP IN THE LOST GARDEN SIXTY YEARS AGO

 

 

www.makers.org.uk/penicuik/food

–how the Penicuik Food Project in the Lost Garden came to happen

 

PENICUIK SATURDAY ORGANIC & FAIRTRADE MARKET

–entirely non-profit and run by local volunteers since 1990

Our new community shop PEN-Y-COE PRESS in Bridge Street Penicuik

handles Lost Garden & Breadshare Bakery produce

 

BANK MILL PROJECT LATEST

-exciting plans to show Penicuik’s papermaking heritage go on hold

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Campaign to restore General Maczek’s GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

-our forgotten international attraction at nearby Eddleston, the biggest outdoor relief map in the world 

 

PENICUIK HOUSE PRESERVATION TRUST

 

PICTURES OF BIELD COMMUNITY WALLED GARDEN, PERTHSHIRE

 

PILLAR AND MOON : THE GRAND ENTRANCE TO NOWHERE

 

Penicuik Community Development Trust

 Saturday Open House in the Town Hall:

Some of the 100 or so Penicuik Open House weekly displays

KITTY FYFFE’S POSTCARDS

PENICUIK CO-OP

HEAT & LIGHT

OLD TOOLS

TOM ADAMS TOWN PLANNER FROM CARLOPS TO NEW YORK

ROBERT NASMYTH AND PENICUIK’S CORNBANK DESIGN

THE COWAN PAPER ADVERTISEMENTS OF 1944

JOHN DENNIS AND THE ESKBRIDGE BRICKWORKS

THE COWAN ARTISTS OF 1944

DEMOLITION OF VALLEYFIELD MILL IN 1980

 

ABOUT THE  PENICUIK TRUST

 

Penicuik Community Development Trust is a very active self-supporting voluntary community organization.  It runs its own town centre retail and service businesses, a weekly cinema, a weekly open house and café, and is restoring the magnificent Lost Garden of Penicuik in a 50 year project.

 

The Trust is responsible for the Lost Garden of Penicuik (incorporating Penicuik’s Food Project), Penicuik Saturday Open House, Penicuik Cinema, the Bankmill Project, Pen-y-coe Press and Old Post Office and Penicuik Vaults singers.  Launched at a public meeting in March 2005, The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland with company number 380626 and OSCR charity number SCO37990.  The Trust is governed by a 20-strong team elected annually from the Penicuik community. Directors and Trustees are Roger Kelly (convener), Roger Hipkin (secretary 20A John St. Penicuik EH26 8A), Jane MacKintosh (treasurer), and Dave Stokes, Mose Hutchison and Penny Wooding in a managing committee with John Scott (viceconvener), Chantal Geoghegan, Christina Suter, Denis Smith, Doreen Gillon, Florance Kennedy, Jane Kelly, Lynda Smith, Lynn Niven, Marianne Cortes, Marjorie Bisset, Peter Middleton, Simon Duffy, Ulla Hipkin. The Trust's last well-attended Annual General Meeting was 28 May 2013.  Paid-up Membership of around 200; Patrons: author Ian Macdougall, actor Gerda Stevenson, Colonel Edward Cowan. Trust official website http://www.penicuiktrust.org.uk  The Trust is a Member of Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) takes part every year in Doors Open Day, and works with Penicuik Community Council, Midlothian Council, Midlothian Voluntary Action, the Midlothian Growing Ideas Partnership (including Midlothian Garden Services, Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust, and other garden and food projects in Midlothian associated with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens), and the Mapa Scotland restoration of the Great Polish Map of Scotland at Eddleston, and supported the papermaking tercentenary led by Penicuik Historical Society.  The Trust continues the work of long-standing local enterprise the Penycoe Press, and is inspired by a pioneering predecessor Penicuik Co-operative Association.  It has personal and mutually supportive links with Penicuik Hunter & Lass Committee, Robert Smail’s Printing Works at Innerleithen, the Penicuik Community Sport & Leisure Foundation, Penicuik Community Arts Association, the Penicuik House Project, the Wojtek Memorial Trust, the Scottish Civic Trust, and the Saltire Society, with community groups and trusts in Aberfeldy, Broughty Ferry, Gorebridge and Moffat, with Penicuik’s twin town at L’Isle-sur-la Sorgue, Vaucluse, Provence, with Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec and with the Papeterie St-Armand in Montreal. The Trust can be contacted through the trustee-directors and at its main day-to-day business premises at Penycoe Press, 7 Bridge Street, Penicuik EH26 8LL telephone 01968 673767 Monday-Saturday 10am – 4pm.  The Trust’s solicitors are Gillespie Macandrew LLP and its insurance brokers Keegan & Pennykid.