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TCV come to the Garden Rescue

When the residents of a local housing association looked out of their back windows, there wasn’t much to see apart from two rotary dryers and a forest of overgrown shrubs. There was nowhere to sit and very little space to stroll round especially if the grass was wet. Knowing the benefits of having an outdoor space to general health and wellbeing, a plan was required to revive this wilderness. With help from Central Scotland Green Network Trust (CSGN) , especially Emilie Wadsworth their Biodiversity Officer, a new garden was designed then it was up to TCV volunteers to put the plan in action. The project couldn’t have happened without funding from Greggs so a huge thank you to them.

First, clear a space!

Clearing up

Clearing up


Chop Chop!

Chop Chop!

Next, get digging!

Man on a mission...

Man on a mission…


All together now

All together now

Spaces cleared, ground prepared so time to fill them in…

New place to dry

New place to dry


Planting the planters

Planting the planters

No one wants to squelch around on wet grass so we put in a path to make it easier to walk around and to work on the garden.

Digging out the path.

Digging out the path.

Walk this way!

Walk this way!

A garden has its possessions so needs somewhere to keep its things tidy.

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Getting close to the end of the restoration project and time for some finishing touches. Some plants to brighten up the drying area and a picnic bench to rest on while the appointed chef sizzles sausages on the brick built barbeque.

Finishing off at the end of the day.

Finishing off at the end of the day.

This new garden is a place to revive spirits, shelter wildlife and inspire the residents to new interests and green fingers. There will soon be an orchard and in the future, the fruits of labour will be eaten! Flowers and vegetables coming here soon to these lovely raised beds that will make it easier to give the plants the attention they need.

Perfect on a sunny afternoon..

Perfect on a sunny afternoon..