Green councillor seeks assurances over community garden at Royal Edinburgh

Green councillor Gavin Corbett has called for clarity over the future of flagship community gardens at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. Under a draft masterplan from NHS Lothian, the gardens, which are overseen by charity, Edinburgh Cyrenians, are scheduled to be developed for service buildings after October 2014.

Councillor Corbett, who, as chair of Shandon Local Food Group, was involved in setting up the garden in 2010, described the loss as a blow.

He said: “It’s a great shame that the current community garden looks as if it will be destroyed to make way for a building housing laundry and other services.

It’s been a model project, and a flagship for NHS Lothian in building connections between patients at the Royal Edinburgh and the wider community.

“To keep that goodwill, NHS Lothian needs to make a firm commitment now, to replace the garden with a site of the same size, by no later than ­September 2014, and ­offering the same access for local schools and local residents as is currently enjoyed.”

Read the full story in the Edinburgh Evening News.