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Acheson House's Hidden Garden

A hidden garden at the rear of Acheson House is set to be transformed with support from the EWH Climate Challenge project.

Dec 19, 2011

The garden has lain neglected for many years, but will now be regenerated with the help of Bridgend Growing Communities and the Patrick Geddes Gardening Club, named after the influential town planner who believed in the importance of communal green spaces. The club has designed the layout of the garden and will be responsible for its maintenance.

The new garden will take its inspiration from the seventeenth century examples which once lay at the rear of town houses in the Canongate. The design will include herbs, vegetables and fruit trees, bordered with low hedging to create formal shapes. At the heart of the garden, footpaths will create a Scottish saltire and an ornamental pond.

Gardening classes will also be offered as part of the project, to encourage new members of the club and to help others to enhance their own corner of the Old Town.

The project has been awarded £500 funding from the Central Scotland Green Network Orchard Grant Scheme. The judging panel were very impressed with the application, and has now decided that it should be one of the five Exemplar Projects.

For more information:

Bridgend Growing Communities

Patrick Geddes Gardening Club

The garden now....                    as it will look when completed.

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