The Community Garden
Our community garden is located behind the Victoria Park Centre on Kingsmeadows Road. It can be accessed from the gate behind the centre, or the gate to Victoria Park.
As always - all ages and abilities are welcome to attend volunteer sessions weekdays and Saturdays. As a response to the Corona Virus outbreak we now offer One to One volunteer sessions and you can tailor a time and gardening session to meet your individual requirements. Our garden is a learning garden and we are happy to welcome garden users who have little or no experience, but a desire to enjoy the outdoors and grow some food! Volunteers are also welcome to take a harvest from the community garden which is particularly rewarding during the summer months.
Our community garden has multiple growing areas, a range of veg beds and fruits bushes, and a herb garden. Attractions at the garden include two polytunnels and our yurt with wood-burner stove. We have a wide range of activities for everyone to get involved with. We welcome all ages and abilities of individual volunteers, family groups, school or clubs.
We also run skill swapping events, which are open to all members of the public, and we encourage people with skills to come along to share their knowledge with others. Please see the home page for updates on upcoming events.
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Despite the challenges this year with Covid, the community garden is thriving.
Charitable and outdoor activities are allowed to continue, so our volunteers are welcome to work in the garden following social distancing and regularly updated new guidelines. A digital copy of our coronavirus guidelines are being shared with all existing and new volunteers as part of the Volunteers Induction Pack.
During lockdown volunteers used their daily exercise in a wonderfully inspiring manner - they came into the garden with their own tools and ensured the garden was fully planted with seedlings. Volunteers who could not attend the garden in person grew plants at home to be donated, resulting in a brilliant variety of plants filling our polytunnel like a jungle. Thank you all.
Thanks to this effort, over the summer we were able to grow our veggies and harvest as usual.
This year the community garden has grown 23 tonnes of fresh produce, including potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, strawberries and so much more. Growing this quantity of local produce is an important contribution to Peebles CAN’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 115 C02e over 2 years. To find out more about this, see our Road to Carbon Reduction project page.
The efforts of our volunteers was so impressive, they got a mention in the local paper! Well done!
Pick Your Own
The community garden was pleased to bring back our successful Pick Your Own events. The whole community is invited to come and harvest our bountiful produce. Our strawberries are a firm family favourite! See our facebook page for updates on when these days occur over the summer months.
During the summer months we also sell produce from the community garden at the Peebles Saturday market. This is held outside the Eastgate theatre, from 9am-3pm.
The Flower Pot Cafe
We are thrilled that this year the Food Foundation opened a pop up café – The Flowerpot Café – right on our doorstep. The Food Foundation are a social enterprise helping people to develop their confidence cooking and gain new skills. To find out about their opening times and menu, please see The Flowerpot Café facebook page.
Now volunteers can be well rewarded after their sessions, with refreshments and delicious cake and enjoy the lovely setting of the community garden!
Peebles CAN are delighted to be supporting the Flowerpot Café by growing fresh produce, salads and herbs. This food is used for the café, and for a Meals on Wheels delivery service for isolated people in the community. In return, the Food Foundation give the garden all their vegetable peelings for our compost bays. A perfect relationship!
Maintaining the Garden
This year we have undergone some big maintenance jobs, including replacing the stone path of the polytunnel, and the interior timber edges. This is essential to keeping our polytunnel in a good condition, and builds on previous work we completed last year in reskinning the polytunnel. Volunteers also refreshed the yurt with a good clean and a fresh coat of paint.
We are constructing a large netting frame which will cover a whole section of the garden, protecting our lovely veggies from birds and butterflies.
Volunteers have also helped to take apart the old brash hedge, and reconstruct it. The hedge separates the maintained space of the of the garden from the wildflower area. As well as being nice to look at, the hedge promotes biodiversity and provides a shelter for birds and small wildlife.
Our Volunteers Say:
“I was welcomed immediately from the very first time I walked into the community garden. I just came for a quick look around, to see what it was all about. I have met such lovely people here, and learned so much about gardening. Now I come 4 times a week – I just can’t stay away!”
“Thank you very much for making the Community Garden the wonderful place that it is. We were delighted to ‘discover’ it this year, and the whole family enjoyed our Tuesday mornings working and playing in the garden, the tasty produce we took home, and the lunches at the Flowerpot Café! Special thanks to Heather and Jess who welcomed us so warmly when we first arrived in the autumn.”
In previous years we have been delighted to host a variety of events including the following:
Yurt Opening Day, featuring Nomad Beat drumming
“Build” week, The Conservation Volunteers assisted our growers in building 20 raised beds in only 2 days!
Peebles High School “health week” volunteers.
Priorsford Nursery volunteers.
Seedling and Seed Swap
National Chamber Music Day, the community garden hosted in partnership with "Karmana", a guitar and cello duo.
Halloween at the community garden, with pumpkin prizes for all ages
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the CCF, Volunteer Action Fund, Awards for All and Year of the Young People for funding and supporting this project.
Our beautiful fresh produce
Sunny days in the garden
Vibrant summer harvest