Community Garden & Growing Project


After our successful Jim Clark Anniversary event, partially funded by the National Lottery, we national lottery logowere selected to submit a bid for a further project. This is aimed at fostering the community spirit and pride in Chirnside demonstrated by the event in April. The process is based on ITV areas, in our case Borders, and the final decision would be down to a public vote after airing on television.

After a successful first stage initial idea, a second stage bid has been submitted (at very short notice!), based on the idea of a community garden and growing area, on a small part of the Common Good Park.

It would be accessible to all; with raised beds, a seating area, low-key lighting and paths. It could also include features such as willow sculptures. raised bed for veg

It would create opportunities for skill sharing between the generations and show the young the process of growing from seed to harvest, whether vegetables or flowers, by active participation.

It is not the creation of ‘allotments’ for the village, which is a separate on-going project currently looking at suitable sites.

We would like to know what you think;

image of finger post pointing to community garden

  • Good idea?
  • What should be included?
  • How to recognise the Jim Clark connection?
  • Would you like to help in creating the area should we be successful?
  • Let us have your views and ideas by e-mailing or click here 

Here is the message we got from the Big Lottery Fund ?
“Thank you for providing us with a detailed proposal for The People’s Projects.

Our panel considered your proposal carefully and unfortunately we have decided not to shortlist your project for the public vote. This does not necessarily mean that your project wasn’t worthwhile, just that there were other proposals that demonstrated a clearer fit with our funding principles.

We recognise this must be very disappointing for you and your organisation, if you are interested you can visit our website to find out about our other funding programmes and to sign up to our newsletter for the latest news on funding”.
We are now going to look at alternative funding sources. In the meantime will be continuing to seek suggestions and ideas for how we should develop the Community Garden and Growing idea.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed to and supported the Community Garden idea. Please do continue to give us your ideas and help where you can.

To find out more about Community Gardening visit the RHS Community Garden Pages
To find out more about Social Farms and Gardens visit Social Farms and Gardens pages

We will update this page as the project develops. last updated 15/12/2018

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