The Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens
The Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens is an NHS Lothian initiative with a mission to make opportunities for good food and healthy lifestyles available to the local communities in which NHS Lothian hospitals are based. The gardens have a particular focus on welcoming people who are experiencing mental or physical health problems, disadvantage, isolation or poverty.
Our programme outcomes are:
- improving health and well-being
- building community
- providing routes to employment
- improving awareness around environmental practice
- improving social understanding and community integration
Who benefits from the Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens?
- local community
- people who are experiencing mental or physical health problems
- third party charities looking for a facility to support the delivery of their programme outcomes
- patients and staff at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital
- school groups of all ages
- companies looking for both CSR benefits and environmental education
- health authorities looking to promote healthy eating and a physically active lifestyle to socially excluded groups and prevent over-demand on health services
- citizens concerned by environmental and food security issues
The RECG's services include:
Gardening: growing and eating local food while building community and developing skills.
Walks, workshops, events, and a range of 'hands on' activities which encourage healthy eating and promote social inclusion.
Advice and support for those trying to improve their lives or the lives of others through the provision of good food and good health.