Small Green Spaces
Small Green Spaces (SGS) is a new social enterprise in Edinburgh, set up by three friends with over twelve years’ experience of community gardening. It is dedicated to turning empty city spaces into Small Green Spaces, using locally and ethically sourced products to create long lasting mini-gardens. No space is too small!
Supporting local community projects is central to its business. Wherever possible the products (pots, plants, compost and decorations) used are sourced from community groups. These projects do fantastic work with volunteers who have mental health problems and learning difficulties, young people excluded from school, people recovering from substance misuse, ex-offenders, and the long term unemployed, breaking down barriers, building self- esteem and encouraging physical and mental well-being through therapeutic gardening, composting, art and woodworking.
By using the products produced by these community projects, SGS is supporting their work, helping them generate income and become less grant dependent. It is supporting local businesses, and helping reduce your carbon footprint by using locally sourced products, delivered to your door so you don’t have to drive to out of town garden centres.
Some of the community groups SGS workS with include:
• Colinton Community Compost is part of Tiphereth Camphill Edinburgh, is a not-for-profit organisation, which provides meaningful work for adults with learning disabilities. They promote home composting and run a local kerbside collection of garden waste. Our final products include compost, worm casts, leaf moulds, woodchip, horse manure and firewood.
• Columcille Centre in Morningside provides day care, offering a range of activities with sensitive support, to adults with learning disabilities, a number of whom also have mental health problems. Columcille is based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner, which aim to address the needs of the whole person. Activities include dance, music, gardening and woodwork, to encourage learning new skills and social interaction
• Garvald Centre in Gorgie creates an environment where people can grow in confidence and self-esteem, based on the principles of Rudolf Steiner. They work with people with support needs, and provide a range of activities, including a bakery, garden and joinery.
• Glasgow Wood Recycling – a social enterprise and charity established in 2007 and committed to reducing the amount of wood needlessly going to landfill by finding creative ways to recycle and reuse this valuable natural resource. They provide volunteer and training opportunities to local people, as a practical way of tackling poverty and social exclusion.
• Gorgie City Farm is an established and well loved city icon. It’s a green oasis in a densely populated part of Edinburgh, offering a huge range of activities to local people, most of whom don’t have any green space at home. For example: a play-park, cafe, pet boarding, birthday parties, educational tours and volunteering.
For further info, contact:
Small Green Spaces
33 Carlton Terrace Mews
Tel: 07903 051998
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