Edinburgh Garden Partners (EGP) is a charity formed to continue and develop a garden share project. EGP is driven by a desire to support people to remain independent in their own homes and by a wish to increase accessibility to gardening, food growing and the environment.
There are many benefits to being involved in Garden Sharing, and at Edinburgh Garden Partners and EGP are particularly enthusiastic about the following:
- They enable older people, or people with disabilities, to get help with maintaining and cultivating their gardens. People who otherwise might be worrying about maintaining their garden (and would consider moving house because of it) start to see their garden as a benefit rather than a burden. We are also keen to enable these people to participate in and gain from the therapeutic benefits of gardening, where this is possible.
- They promote and enable the growing and consumption of local and organic food. This has many environmental benefits, including carbon saving. We encourage the sharing of produce between the owner and gardener.
- They get people gardening! Often these are people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to a garden, or would have to wait 5-7 years on the allotment waiting list. Just gardening in itself has many physical, mental and emotional benefits.
- They educate people about gardening and encourage them to take part in the Scheme in an environmentally friendly way. This includes using organic methods and peat free compost to encouraging people to compost their kitchen waste and travelling sustainably to and from the garden.As well as matching people with gardens, we offer on-going support, a quarterly newsletter, an online community, regular socials, and training in horticulture for volunteers.
1 Osborne Terrace
c/o Care and Repair