Park Lane Community Garden

about the project

project summary

What was once a desolate patch of stony waste ground is now a tranquil oasis: a sheltered spot for locals and visitors to share and enjoy gardening or just sit and enjoy the space. Park Lane Community Garden Group started off as a group of 4 but now we are 15 and growing all the time! The local children's nursery is using the garden and want to plant up the beds and are really excited by the idea of the new play trail.

history/background/project status

The community garden started when local residents got together to plan a garden and play trail on land owned by the council which was left gathering weeds and dog fouling after the previous housing demolition. Shetland Islands Council agreed to the community taking over the space, gave the volunteer’s a lease and from this the garden was borne. The volunteer’s we’re passionate in trying to bring some of this green space back into the centre of town. It’s important that people have shared spaces where they can come together and gardens create home for wildlife. The volunteer’s used raised beds with stones constructed vertically, as stones soak in the heat, and allows for better drainage and it was also thought that raised beds would be good for elderly volunteers, as they are much easier to work with. Park Lane Community Garden is also on Facebook. Park Lane Community Garden and this is used to update the community on up and coming events

project outcomes

The garden has already attracted great interest including offers of further donations from surrounding neighbours as well as offers to undertake weeding by the Lerwick Community Council. The garden is complete and in the spring then it is hoped to install a play trail which will hopefully encourage the nearby nursery to come to the garden and learn about planting and growing.

The community has come together and connections have been made- people stop and chat and people are excited it's a public space they can use and enjoy. They can even eat the strawberries! People say hello more! There is an elderly man (92) who has a bedsit, his door opens onto the garden and he says he can't wait to sit outside in the sunshine when it's warm enough.

contact details

Contact Person: Andy Sandison
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project details

project location

Address: Park Lane
Lerwick, Shetland
Area Covered:,-1.1448307,18z

local authority area(s)

  • Shetland Islands

project types

  • Growing (Primary)
  • Access
  • Accessibility
  • Biodiversity
  • Education
  • Health
  • Landscape Enhancement
  • Play
  • Recreation
  • Temporary & stalled
  • Volunteering

site types

  • Community garden (Primary)
  • Allotments
  • Community growing space
  • Natural/Semi-natural greenspace
  • Playspaces
  • Stalled space

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