In 2006 the community of Girvan in Ayrshire decided to turn a piece of land that had lain derelict for over 30 years into a community garden. The garden officially opened in 2011 and today, after much hard work, the garden caters for the whole community with its pond, a wildlife area, fruit trees, greenhouse, raised beds, a ‘keyhole’ garden and a composting area. The garden has easy access through a woodland walkway for prams and wheelchairs and a composting disabled accessible toilet.
The garden believes in community wellbeing and better health through gardening. It plays host to workshops, events and activities throughout the year and is involved with schools and other groups delivering projects both in the garden and out in the wider community.
Volunteer coordinator Julie Campbell says: Girvan Community Garden took part in The Big Sunflower Project because we simply love sunflowers, they are friendly flowers that everyone recognises and loves to see and they are totally insect friendly too. More importantly it makes more people aware of the work the Information Point is doing to help raise awareness for centronuclear and myotubular myopathy.