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Save our Suntrap


Members living within reach of Suntrap Garden at Gogarburn on the outskirts of Edinburgh may be interested in volunteering there. Following on Historic Scotlands decision to list the house, Millbuies, the Dovecot and the Compost Area the SOS Committee which have had sole care of the garden for the past two years are gearing up to extend the restricted opening of the garden to the public. To do so they need lots of volunteers. David Grier the Volunteer co-ordinator has made this plea. -————

The main groups of volunteers needed are:-

1). Volunteers to do light gardening (hoeing, sweeping paths, weeding etc.)

2) Volunteers to prepare seedlings, cuttings etc. (training will be given)

3) Volunteers to allow us to open the garden to visitors, ie guides (again training will be given)

Currently we have sufficient volunteers to open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am to 2pm

Ideally we would like to open on weekdays from 10am to 3pm and on weekends from noon to 4pm.

If we could get volunteers to water the plants daily ( 1 – 2 hours) it would allow us to expand the range of plants we currently grow.

Please don’t forget, Suntrap is here to help people with severe learning difficulties we have been doing this for 25 years, please help us with year 26! -—————

If you can consider helping in any way please pm me and I can give you more information. The garden and property was left to the people of Lothian and Scotland through the National Trust. Thank you, Scotsgran.

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Wish I was nearer!
Hope you find a good crew of volunteers.

25 Mar, 2012


Wishing the Suntrap garden continued success.
Good luck with the project.
I hope you get lots of helpers.

25 Mar, 2012


I too wish I lived near you Scot. and I would help, sorry, but I am sure you will get lots of help. It sounds a wonderful place.

25 Mar, 2012


We are hopeful. Like everything else life is hard for many people at the moment and this garden is like an oasis. George Boyd Anderson who donated it, designed it as a space for his family to enjoy. Now we see young mums bringing their little ones to enjoy the clean open spaces and to learn about growing things themselves.

25 Mar, 2012


Oh I hope you do get lots of help, it would be a shame if it couldn`t carry on, it sounds a really lovely place and I`d be there like a shot if it was around here....

25 Mar, 2012


Fingers crossed that helpers will come forward. Please keep us informed, it's such an interesting and challenging ongoing project. Good luck.

26 Mar, 2012


I hope you get plenty of volunteers. It's a good cause.

26 Mar, 2012


Thank you all for the support. I think they are hoping to have age related groups ie mums and toddlers and elderly. There is talk of allotments too. I'm not on the Committee but I have a vested interest as a member of the Gardening Club. I'll pass on all your good wishes.

26 Mar, 2012

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