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Grant award for Trinity Apse garden

The Ernest Cook Trust has awarded £3,000 for an EWH project to regenerate a neglected corner of the Old Town.

May 28, 2013

The new initiative is part of EWH’s Green Heritage project, and aims to create a storytelling garden at Trinity Apse, a medieval relic hidden away off Chalmers Close. The grant will be used to help fund a series of activities aimed at encouraging young people to participate in creating the garden, and interpreting the medieval relic for visitors.

EWH will be working with young people from Panmure St Ann’s Centre, the Canongate Youth Project and the Get Ready for Work scheme, which helps people aged 16-18 who are not in training, education or employment. The young people will be attending horticultural training, gardening workshops and biodiversity activities to gain the appropriate skills. There will also be an opportunity for hands-on training in conservation, through work to the carved stones still on site.

The grant will also help to interpret the quirky history of Trinity Apse for visitors. Interpretation panels will be installed at the entrances to the garden, outlining the story of the medieval building, from its construction around 1460 to its dismantling and reconstruction in the 1870s. QR codes will also enable visitors with smart phones to see the painted altar panels from Trinity College, now in the collection of the National Museums of Scotland. A leaflet will be produced and simple interactives will guide visitors around the landscaped space, the stonework and the Apse’s architecture details.

The EWH Green Heritage project is funded by the Climate Challenge Fund. The City of Edinburgh Council has also contributed towards the Trinity Apse project, and it is supported by the Scottish Book Trust, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Carrubbers Christian Centre and the Cockburn Association.

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