Growing Projects

Posted on 6th August 2018 by Lauren Parry

We run two community garden sites, at Ravenscraig Walled Garden and Dunnikier Country Park where we host regular volunteer sessions, training and events, and work with local schools and youth groups.

 

Ravenscraig Community Orchard and Training Allotment

Ravenscraig Community Orchard is located in the 7-acre Ravenscraig Walled Garden in East Kirkcaldy. The garden is Common Good Land and the site was brought back into use in 2012. Alongside Kirkcaldy Community Gardens and Allotments CIC (which runs 50 individual allotments), Greener Kirkcaldy has developed a Community Orchard, with over 100 fruit trees, a “wild area” set aside for wildlife. We have also recently created a new training garden and room there (part of our Community Food Hub project), which will offer courses, training and volunteer opportunities in gardening and growing your own fruit and vegetables.

Come along to one of our workshops, or sign up to a course and learn a new skill  Here are some examples of events, workshops and courses we run at Ravenscraig Walled Garden:

  • Grow Your Own Workshops – to give people the skills and confidence to grow their own food. These include introductory ‘taster’ sessions, half-day workshops and 2-day courses on specific topics
  • Summer Open Days to share our produce and inspire visitors to get involved in the project
  • Fun and family-friendly events to engage all members of the local community:
    • Apple Day harvest celebrations, with orchard tours, games, apple juicing, recipes and tasting
    • Mid-winter Wassailing events with story-telling, singing and poetry

See upcoming workshops and events on our events page.

We also run weekly volunteer sessions, at which volunteers develop and maintain the site, grow fruit and veg, plant trees and flowers, and make habitats for biodiversity. If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can get more information on our Ravenscraig volunteer page.

 

Dunnikier Country Park

Dunnikier Country Park is an area of greenspace in the north of Kirkcaldy consisting of semi-natural and landscaped woodland, a golf course, gardens and recreation ground. Greener Kirkcaldy works with volunteers and partners including Fife Council, the park development group, volunteer groups, schools and local businesses, to develop community use of the park and to increase biodiversity.

Our volunteers have developed forest gardens and wild flower meadows, and planted 1000’s of bulbs, seeds and native trees to increase biodiversity. They also help with caring and maintaining plants, bushes and trees, as well as helping to plan future improvements that will benefit people and wildlife.

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