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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - Edible Gardening

During 2012 BGCI supported four UK gardens to re-evaluate their social role and to develop small-scale projects to engage with their local communities.  Here we profile Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. For more information download RBG Edinburgh's report and view a short film about the project commissioned by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. 




Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh set up the Edible Gardening Project to teach people the skills and knowledge to grown their own food.  RBG Ediburgh was keen to diversify the people who visit the garden and selected three groups that represent people from areas of multiple deprivation.  The Project focused on growing, preparing and sharing healthy and sustainable food through a series of programmed activities over the summer. Each group planted up and maintained their plots, harvested, prepared and ate their crops.  RBG Edinburgh staff gained skills and experience through running the project and all groups plan to continue their relationship with the garden.


Read the Garden report (7MB).

Watch the film about the project (6 mins)