Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden

Polbeth and West Calder Community Garden [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] was started in 2011 by a group of local interested people. By 2013 they had moved through being a constituted group to being a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and had signed a five-year lease for the site they currently use.

Everyone is a volunteer and they have a Board of Trustees representing the groups who use the site, with bimonthly volunteer meetings. In 2017/18 the Community Garden had 80 individual volunteers giving their time, not including school and nursery visits.

On site there are 3–5 Green Gyms per week, 5 Open Days per year, various workdays, and local schools and nurseries visit for sessions. The Community Garden also runs specific meetings to which all volunteers are welcome. The site is open to the public 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and hosts the first, and as of 2019, the only Stickman Trail in Scotland.

In the course there are contributions from Lisa, the voluntary Co-convenor of the board.

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