Our new sitootery

North Edinburgh Grows artist Natalie Taylor is making visual links with our garden and the use of the same land 100 years ago, using the frame of the greenhouse that was sadly damaged in the summer to make a social history sitootery (a place to sit).

Stories from locals who grew up in North Edinburgh of their childhood games playing in the fields, rivers and landscape and of the current generation’s playing will be printed onto six more panels going up soon.

The photo on the first side was chosen along with Social History Group from Royston Wardieburn and by speaking to locals in Muirhouse, and is of West Pilton potato farmers, circa. 19.12-19.14

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North Edinburgh Grows nominated for a SURF award



North Edinburgh Grows, the Big Lottery Funded project set up by North Edinburgh Arts to redevelop the waste ground at the rear of the venue, has been nominated in the Creative Regeneration category of the annual Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum awards.


NEA garden tyre planter

Delivered in partnership with the Scottish Government, and open to all community regeneration projects in Scotland, the purpose of the SURF Awards are:

• To recognise and reward best practice and innovation in community regeneration;

• To promote and disseminate best practice across Scotland as means of sharing knowledge and experience, and thereby enhancing future policy and practice;

• To highlight the role that regeneration projects have in improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

NEA garden spiral

The garden at North Edinburgh Arts was visited by the judging panel at the end of October and we will know the outcome of the award on the 2nd December.

The project could not have been run without the support and involvement of a wide range of community organisations and volunteers.

Alongside local children and families, Pilton Community Gardeners, Muirhouse Youth Development Group, Tomorrow’s People, Muirhouse Community Gardeners, Muirhouse Library, Tenants and Residents in Muirhouse, Drylaw Community Project, St David’s Primary School, North Edinburgh Fights Back/Granton Improvement Society, Oaklands School, and a range of existing NEA groups have all been active in the garden over the past six months.

Two other projects have been shortlisted for the category (for details, see http://www.scotregen.co.uk/surf-awards) but all involved are hoping the award will be awarded to the enthusiastic and hard working communities of North Edinburgh.