Empire Close - a green heart for our community

by Kate Darrah in Dunbar, Scotland, United Kingdom

Empire Close - a green heart for our community

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£15,000 target 38 days left
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 25th June 2024 at 9:50pm

To enhance the green lung space in our busy town centre, encouraging biodiversity and knowledge/skills around growing food/flowers locally.

by Kate Darrah in Dunbar, Scotland, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
Aviva Community Fund is providing live match funding

Building a new Skills Training Centre for The Ridge's students who struggle in school and apprentices will damage the Empire Close community garden so we will use the funding to rebuild the central stone wall, replant for biodiversity, lay whindust paths, create an apothecary garden/ pizza oven/outdoor social space/cooking facilities for trainees/volunteers and the wider community. 

We will run skills training/crafting and social events like BBQs, live music, activities, training, creating connections and a legacy environmental asset.

Our gardens are places of meeting, learning and growth (actual and metaphorical). People will engage across generations/social barriers, learning skills in the process. Supported by a biodiversity officer, they will design, create and care for a habitat-rich and biodiverse garden, celebrating native wild species. We will run workshops and create materials to engage the community with ideas for how to implement this approach at community and individual levels

In short, we want support to bring back the community garden at Empire Close so that the community can once again enjoy it.  


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

Thank you event

As someone who has kindly donated to our funder, we would like to welcome you to a thank you event in our gardens.

£10 or more

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Small board

Hand crafted board, made by one of our apprentices.

£20 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Large Chopping Board

Crafted by our apprentice.

£25 or more

0 of 12 claimed

Garden tour and Q & A with Head of Gardens

We have 12 spaces for donors to join a small group tour of our gardens, where our Head of Gardens will answer questions and show you around our beautiful gardens.

£25 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Garden posies

Posy made with beautiful hand cut, seasonal flowers from our gardens.

£40 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Hand made stools

Beautifully crafted stool, made by our team.

£50 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Festive wreaths

A festive wreath created with plants from our own gardens, designed and created by our garden team.

£50 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Box of garden produce

A box of goodies from our garden

£60 or more

0 of 4 claimed

Selection of plants

We will create a collection of plants, cultivated by us, for your garden

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Small table

Hand crafted table, made by our team

£250 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Garden workshop

Is there an aspect of gardening you are keen to know more about? Our team will create a bespoke session for you and up to five friends and talk you through all that you need to know. Perhaps you want to know more about seedlings? Or what a no-dig method actually means? Or how to get the best from your compost heap?

£350 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Stone bird bath

A stone bird bath, beautifully created by one of our apprentices

£350 or more

Wooden bench

A hand crafted wooden bench

£350 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Half day garden maintenance (East Lothian only)

Our garden team will lend you a hand and get your garden ship shape!

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Stone bench

A stone bench, beautifully crafted by one of our apprentices

£750 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Training Workshop

Our team will create a workshop for up to 6 of you - designed with your needs in mind - would you like a crash course in wall building? Or how to point a wall? Or to learn the basics of cabinet making?

£750 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Bespoke Support Session

Our Support Team will host a bespoke workshop for up to 6 people. Would you like to learn about mindfulness? Or emotional intelligence? We can design a workshop just for you.

£1,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Garden shed

A bespoke design garden shed - with window. Designed and created by The Ridge team.

£1,500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Named stone or plaque

We will create a plaque or stone with your name on it, or that of someone you nominate. Be a part of the history of The Ridge with this unique offering.

£3,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Dedication in our garden

We will create a memorial to your loved one in our beautiful garden, creating a place, with your input, for you to visit and remember them.

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