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Granny's Green set to be transformed

EWH has awarded a grant to create a community garden in the Old Town.

Apr 24, 2012

Granny’s Green in the Grassmarket was originally a washing and bleaching green for local residents. Having lain neglected for many years, a new project will now see the space used as a community garden.

The work is being led by the Patrick Geddes Gardening Club, with the support of the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage. The aim is to transform the space into a garden to commemorate the famous town planner Patrick Geddes.

The EWH grant of £25,000 will help to upgrade Granny’s Green into a new community space.  The garden will be restored with the planting of wildflowers, a herb garden and fruit trees, interpretation panels and inscribed stone steps, and installing cast-iron clothes poles. The surrounding walls and steps have been repaired and re-pointed, and the wrought iron handrails re-painted.Artist's Susan Nuttgens and Lesleymay Miller will also paint a series of ceramic panels celebrating Geddes' life and achievements.

Fiona Rankin, Projects Manager for Edinburgh World Heritage said: "We were delighted to be able to support the Patrick Geddes Gardening Club in improving this historic green space. The links with the visionary town planner Patrick Geddes make this garden especially important, and I am sure he would have approved of the local community coming together to shape their environment in this way."

Catriona Grant of the Patrick Geddes Gardening Club said: "It's taken a long time to get Granny's Green looking good and the herb garden is looking very green and lush.  The Patrick Geddes Gardening Club look forward to working in partnership with the council in looking after it and developing it into a real community garden."

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