Belhaven Community Garden

Belhaven Community Garden
Belhaven Hospital, Hospital Road, Dunbar, East Lothian, EH42 1TR
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Belhaven Community Garden

In the grounds of Belhaven Hospital, this was one of the first community gardens of its type. The NHS has donated the land to community group Sustaining Dunbar for at least five years; it pays for some plants and materials and sits on the working group, but otherwise the garden’s members have free rein. This is approached very sensitively: the first area to be completed was a sensory garden for hospital patients and staff, and the whole garden is designed for wheelchair accessibility. The hospital’s day room overlooks a large orchard of fruit and nut trees, planted in 2012 to border land that was previously dog-walking scrubland. A polytunnel went up in 2013 and hosts workshops as well as plants, and there are eight raised beds, with another eight planned. Some produce is sold from local greengrocer the Crunchy Carrot, with proceeds going back to the garden.

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