Green Arts Initiative Member Wins 2015 Scottish Civic Trust My Place Award

9th April 2015

North Edinburgh Grows, a community garden project developed by North Edinburgh Arts, has won the 2015 Scottish Civic Trust My Place Award.

The award is supported by the Scottish government and recognises projects that show good local design, conservation, placemaking and civic pride.

The judges of the award had glowing reviews for the North Edinburgh Grows project, touching on the inspiring nature of the project and its devotion to the community:

“The North Edinburgh Grows project is both inspiring and humbling.  In the face of many challenges the designers, client and local community have transformed an unloved bit of land into a remarkable resource for local residents and visitors.   It is exactly the sort of project which the My Place Awards were set up to acknowledge – inventive, playful, life-enhancing and civic-minded.  It is a worth winner.”

Our October 2014 Green Tease introduced the North Edinburgh Grows project to Green Tease members. During this gathering, we heard about the development of the project from North Edinburgh Arts director Kate Wimpress. We also discussed the role of artists within the garden space with the current artist-in-residence Natalie Taylor. The North Edinburgh Grows project clearly captures the imagination and interest of locals, both young and old, who can become involved with the project by growing their own food, contributing to garden maintenance, or participating in one of Natalie’s many projects.

The winners of the 2015 My Place Awards are being exhibited at The Lighthouse (Glasgow) until 6th May 2015.

More information about the award and North Edinburgh Arts’ accomplishment can be read at the My Place Awards website.

North Edinburgh Arts is a member of the Green Arts Initiative, a simple accreditation scheme designed to give venues and organisations the advice, support and tools they need to become greener and let audiences and the public know what they are doing. Join the growing number of arts organisations working towards a more sustainable Scotland and become a member of the Green Arts Initiative in 2015!

Image: North Edinburgh Grows, courtesy Katie Fulton photography


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