We are so excited to reveal a peak of our new Pavilion, which overlooks the Rainbow Garden in the Backlands Community Garden – this fantastic community asset has been beautifully constructed by The Ridge joinery trainee and our volunteers over this winter. It completes the garden designed by our artist in residence in 2016 Kathy Beckett who worked with the community to develop vision of how this once derelict site could look.
The pavilion will provide a workshop space and an artist’s residency venue in close connection with the nature of the garden, a haven hidden behind the bustling high street. Looking out from the pavilion there is an amazing view of the Rainbow Garden through it’s massive folding glass doors, bringing the outside in and the inside out. The Rainbow Garden was initially supported by a grant from Grow Wild and it has been planted with a rainbow of colours from billowing wild flowers – some flowers also offer a resource for natural dye colours.
We plan an opening event on a beautiful day in the garden with open air music poetry and workshops, unfortunately you’ll have to wait a little longer for this special day. The garden will be lovingly cared for by The Ridge until we can all return.
Thank you for all the fantastic work from trainees and volunteers.
This project was made possible by the support of: Tesco Groundwork, Foundation Scotland and Dunbar Partnership Funding