Royal garden plans to train green-fingered volunteers

January 21, 2011 0 comments

Greenhouse and gardening enthusiasts may be interested in a new scheme at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

As part of the proposed programme, volunteer gardeners will get the chance to receive training on how to set up their own allotments, the Scotsman reports.

It could also see the creation of the first amateur-run garden in the Botanics' 340-year history.

Head of exhibitions and events at the garden Ian Edwards came up with the idea for the Edible Gardens Volunteer Taskforce five years ago.

"In a way we're going back to our origins with the community part of the garden," he explained. "We'll use the volunteers to inspire other people to do their own fruit and veg growing."

Mr Edwards went on to remark that many people approach the organisation with requests, but he and his staff are often too busy to help.

However, this initiative will allow them to respond in a more positive way.

Writing in the Seattle Times recently, US horticulturalist Ciscoe Morris claimed gardening is a great way to stay fit and healthy. 

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