We have helped to improve a number of green spaces throughout the village.
The transformation of a former eyesore into a community garden for everyone is well underway. We’ve come a long way following the community engagement day back in February 2015 where we canvassed ideas on how best to use the neglected land. Overwhelming support to create a community garden led to a major fundraising exercise, and we secured enough funds to complete the first phase of the project: removing the tarmac and concrete, levelling the land and putting down 300 square metres of turf. Phase two will need another round of fundraising in order to landscape the remainder of the site, purchase plants and create a natural play space for the children.
This is an on-going project. We set up with a small team from GreenFerry and the Priory church, and engage the help of local resident, Barbara Mitchell who drew up plans to improve the land surrounding the Priory. Then, with the help of our local Sea Cadets, TS Lochinvar, we took out old plants at the front, weeded the whole area, re-laid a golden gravel base, and re-planted some shrubs. The Girls’ Brigade helped us pot some hedging for a knot garden at the side, and these have taken well.
Alas, this project is now on hold as we lost some interested members, and other projects took priority. We still have the plans, however, for any group who would like to take this forward.
Police Station Garden
A much-neglected area in front of the police station received a make-over. What a difference this makes to people walking along the High Street now. As a nice humorous little touch, we planted alternately, black and white tulips!
A quiet corner at the back of the High Street was brightened up for residents for the newly-built houses there.
Rosebery Garden on the High Street was the brainchild of Queensferry in Bloom who organised its design and maintained the garden for a number of years. GreenFerry took a hand with maintenance work from time to time as shown here. And now that QIB no longer exists, the council have taken back maintenance tasks.
Morison Gardens (Children’s Play area)
The tired rose-garden in this area was removed, residents came out to paint the railings, and the whole area re-designed as a safe children’s play area. New planters were placed at the front and this area is now a communal safe space for adults and children to enjoy.
The re-design and re-planting of Dalmeny Station was organised by Queensferry in Bloom with GreenFerry playing a supporting role, and supplying tools. This area is now much more attractive though no more work has been done since QIB folded some years ago.