Developer helps green-fingered charity grow community allotment initiative
Edinburgh community health project Health All Round is taking its local allotment initiative to the next level after property development company S Harrison supplied a new state-of-the-art greenhouse that will be used to grow a wide range of fruit and vegetables.
Health All Round supports people living in Gorgie, Dalry, Saughton, Stenhouse and their surrounding areas, to live longer and healthier lives. The charity and voluntary sector agency provides services focusing on physical, social and emotional wellbeing and aims to build social capital and reduce inequalities in Edinburgh.
Two years ago, the City of Edinburgh Council offered Health All Round a disused allotment within Stenhouse Allotments and the charity’s members quickly transformed it into a highly productive area growing all types of fruit and vegetables. The food is used at Health All Round’s weekly lunches and shared out between members.
Following this success, the council has now provided another allotment. The charity was keen to create a facility that could benefit disabled users, so S Harrison agreed to supply a greenhouse that is fully wheelchair accessible and features toughened glass to enhance its safety credentials.
The York-based company recently submitted planning applications to create two student accommodation schemes nearby complete with high-quality amenities, consisting of 269-bedrooms on Gorgie Road next to the Water of Leith, and another with 394 bedrooms, on the corner of Westfield Road and Westfield Avenue, close to Health All Round’s HQ. The design of the development also incorporates a suite that local community organisations can use.
Catriona Windle, from Health All Round, said: “Our community allotment has quickly become a major success and is extremely popular with lots of our members, who benefit from the social and physical elements of gardening. It’s also very rewarding for people to eat food they’ve grown themselves and the huge range of healthy fruit and vegetables always go down well at our lunch events.
“We’re now really excited to be launching our second allotment and especially because it will be accessible for all our members, including those in wheelchairs. We’re delighted to have the support of S Harrison and there’s no doubt it will make a genuine difference to local people who will thoroughly enjoy growing and eating a wide range of high-quality produce.”
David Clancy, development director at S Harrison, said: “Health All Round do a fantastic job and their first allotment scheme is a proven success, so when we heard about their second site, which will be very accessible and enable everyone and anyone to try their hand at gardening, we were keen to offer our support. The new greenhouse looks fantastic and will increase the types of produce they can grow and we’re looking forward to seeing how it develops.
“It’s also a great way for us to work with a thriving local charity in this part of Edinburgh. We always immerse ourselves in the communities we work in, which is something we pride ourselves on, and we’re looking forward to building a long-term relationship with Health All Round.”