Methilhill Community Learning Garden is based on Sea Road, Methilhill and will house a nature nursery, Charlie’s Plot planting and growing project and and give time for the community to enjoy the surroundings.
When Methilhill Community Children’s Initiative signed a 3 year lease on the plot it was an overgrown abandoned waste ground. The area is being cleared by a team of local volunteers who have been pruning, raking and digging. We were extremely lucky to have the help of a local tree surgeon to clear the huge, 42 metres beech hedge to a manageable height and local business Buckhaven Building Supplies have been of great assistance with mini digger hire and materials while Aberhill metals offered a great deal on skip hire. Our aim is to re-develop the site with as little waste as possible by chipping and re-using branches for pathways and storing larger logs for the wood burning stove. So far, we have managed to keep the garden to waste only 1 (and a half) skips. Part of the new fence has been constructed and we hope the garden will completely secure within the next couple of weeks which will then allow the development of the activities within the walls.
The Charlie’s Plot group have been extremely lucky and been awarded nearly £30,000 from the Junior Climate Challenge Fund. The group consists of local young people who, with the assistance of young workers, are developing a planting and growing project to promote growing local fresh produce as well as reducing food waste and helping more people to grow fresh produce at home. The group are planning to demonstrate food growing using a poly tunnel, growing beds and unconventional growing methods and hope to have her area in production within the next month.
More garden days will be organised in the coming weeks and all volunteers are welcome! Weekly updates will be started. Expect a post every Monday from 7-9pm GMT (if resources allow it) or Tuesday.