Summer events launch Dundee’s new edible garden
Published on 5 August 2022
Partners in the nationwide Dandelion project have thrown open the garden gate to a summer programme at the Fair Growing Green in Dundee, signalling the start of its new role as a community garden
The creative food growing project, led by University of Dundee experts, is putting down roots in the city to bring the neglected community asset at Fairmuir Park back to life.
Having lain dormant and amid concerns that the space could be lost to developers, the former bowling green is being reimagined as one of Dandelion’s “Unexpected Gardens,” where members of the public can come together to sow, grow and share food and flowers, and take part in a summer programme of creative events.
The public are invited to visit the garden and join a variety of creative events, which include lunchtime picnics, foraging and harvesting, free garden produce and one off activities such as biodiversity identification and tree planting.
Mel Woods, Professor in Creative Intelligence at the University, said, “Bringing new life to this space is the culmination of a lot of hard work.
“The bowling green is such an integral part of the area but has sadly lacked a defined role for some time. Dandelion’s Unexpected Gardens aims to rectify this.
“Now as we open the garden and launch the creative programme, we want to welcome local residents and visitors to the space and share this vibrant asset as well as create a legacy for Friends of Fairmuir. Their hard work and campaigning have created the potential for us to build a shared vision, which is really exciting.”
Led by the University of Dundee, local partners have come together to bring the project to the city, including Creative Dundee, Dundee City Council and community group, Friends of Fairmuir. Dandelion is a nationwide, six-month creative celebration of growing, music, science and art, aimed at re-establishing sustainable spaces in the heart of communities. It is commissioned by EventScotland and funded by the Scottish Government, and is Scotland’s contribution to Unboxed: Creativity in the UK.
As well as a space to grow, the rejuvenated green becomes a focal point for the local community that hosts creative workshops, community food events and music making workshops from Musician in Residence, St Kilda Mailboat. The programme will culminate in a harvest weekend from 9 - 11 September, joining similar events at Unexpected Gardens throughout the country.
Eilish Victoria, Emerging Creative Producer at Creative Dundee, said, "It's wonderful to have the garden open to the public and to see how enthusiastic local people are to have a new community growing space.
“It shows just how valuable these spaces are and I can't wait to welcome more people to the garden over the summer; whether it's to grow something for the first time, eat food together, or simply experience the benefits of being outdoors with others.”
Martin Green, Chief Creative Officer at Unboxed, added, “Unboxed celebrates creativity in its widest sense, placing it at the heart of people’s everyday lives, as Dandelion is doing across Scotland this summer. As a project, Dandelion is literally about sowing seeds for the future, which we hope will inspire local communities and the next generation.”
Visit the Fair Growing Green Instagram page for garden events and updates.
Dandelion is a national creative celebration of growing, music and community taking place across Scotland. Local partners have come together to bring the project to the city, including the University of Dundee, Creative Dundee, Dundee City Council and community group, Friends of Fairmuir. Dundee’s Unexpected Garden, Fair Growing Green, will bring new life and fresh produce to the former bowling green in the popular Fairmuir Park over summer 2022.
UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is a celebration of creativity taking place across the UK in 2022, designed to reach millions and bring people together. It features free large-scale events, installations and globally accessible digital experiences in the UK’s most ambitious showcase of creative collaboration. Produced by some of the brightest minds in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths, UNBOXED features ten major multi-site and digital creative projects that share new ideas and possibilities for the future. Events and activities take place from 1 March to 30 October 2022 – from the Outer Hebrides to Omagh and Swansea, and across traditional and online media. UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK is funded and supported by the four governments of the UK and is commissioned and delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council, Creative Wales and EventScotland.
Other projects presented in Scotland in addition to Dandelion include About Us (which opened UNBOXED in Paisley on 1 March), Dreamachine (Edinburgh), Green Space Dark Skies (across Scotland), and StoryTrails (Dundee and Dumfries).
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