THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK

PENICUIK COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT

RESTORING PENICUIK’S LOST WALLED GARDEN

An initiative of the Penicuik Community Development Trust

FEBRUARY 2012: THE PROJECT BEGINS

At the end of February 2012, after three years of negotiations with the owners, the Trust began a long-term lease on the great brick-built Penicuik Estate Walled Garden.

 

It’s the first step in what we see as a 50 year project for food production and garden restoration.

 

This page shows some images of the Garden since its creation in the 1870s

For the story of the Lost Garden see www.lostgarden.co.uk/story

For progress in the Lost Garden see www.lostgarden.co.uk/latest

 

For Lost Garden Potato Days in Penicuik Town Hall see  www.lostgarden.co.uk/potato/days2013

 

Our original food project website www.makers.org.uk/penicuik/food 

and inaugural prospectus www.lostgarden.co.uk/prospectus2009

 

Jonathan Martin Whitfield, MB ChB, FRCP(C) one of America’s leading pediatricians and a specialist in neonatal care, talks of his childhood in the midst of this wonderful walled garden www.kosmoid.net/penicuik/whitfield

 

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The Garden supplied the peaches required for the Prince of Wales visit to Edinburgh in 1924

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The walled garden restoration began in 2012.

For latest details see the project links at the foot of this page

 

Tympany Gate car park from an image by Jim Barton      http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2111240 

Access for walkers is from the Tympany Gate public car park on Carlops Road, a short way uphill from the Spear Gate shown below

pictures on this page from the collections of Anna Dorward, David Wilson, Kelman Taylor, Kitty Fyfe, Marianne Cortes, Robert Clerk, Roger Kelly, Sutherland Macivor

 

Find out more about Penicuik Trust projects at the weekly Open House in Penicuik Town Hall

On-the-spot exhibitions, on-the-spot hands-on crafts sessions for kids and adults, onsite visits and more…

Penicuik Community Development Trust is responsible for the Lost Garden of Penicuik, Penicuik Food Project, Penicuik Open House, Penicuik Cinema and the Bankmill Project. The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland with company number 380626 and OSCR charity number SC O37990 and Trustee Directors Roger Kelly (chair), Roger Hipkin (secretary 20A John St. Penicuik EH26 8A ), Jane MacKintosh (treasurer), Dave Stokes, Mose Hutchinson and Penny Wooding, forming part of a Managing committee with Anne-Ruth Strauss, Bill Fearnley, Caroline Maciver, Chantal Geoghegan, Chris Langdale, Daniel Baigrie, Doreen Gillon, Jane Kelly, Katie Sydes, Lynn Niven, Marianne Cortes, Marjory Bisset, Mitch Lewis, Peter Coutts, Simon Duffy, Simon Fraser, Ulla Hipkin, elected annually at the Trust's AGM.   Paid-up Membership of over 200;  Patrons: Ian Macdougall, Gerda Stevenson, Colonel Edward Cowan.  Trust official Website www.penicuikcdt.org.uk Bank Mill website: www.bankmill.co.uk The Trust is a Member of Development Trusts Association Scotland (DTAS) takes part in Doors Open Day, and works with Penicuik Community Council, Midlothian Council, Midlothian Voluntary Action, the Midlothian Growing Ideas Partnership (including Midlothian Garden Services, Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust, and other garden and food projects in Midlothian associated with the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens), and the Mapa Scotland restoration of the Great Polish Map of Scotland at Eddleston, and supported the papemaking tercentenary led by Penicuik Historical Society.  There are personal and mutually supportive links with Penicuik Community, Sport & Leisure Foundation, Penicuik Community Arts Association, the Penicuik House Project, the Scottish Civic Trust and the Saltire Society, with community groups and trusts in Aberfeldy, Broughty Ferry, Gorebridge and Moffat, with Penicuik’s twin town at L’Isle-sur-la Sorgue , Vaucluse, Provence, with Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec and with the Papeterie St-Armand in Montreal.  

 

 

WEBSITE LINKS:

 

LOST GARDEN LATEST

–how we’re beginning to tackle the enormous fifty year task

 

 

STORY OF THE LOST GARDEN

–how the Lost Garden of Penicuik came to be

 

 

LOST GARDEN POTATO DAYS IN PENICUIK TOWN HALL 2013

 

 

www.makers.org.uk/penicuik/food

–how the Penicuik Food Project began and the original Prospectus in 2009

www.lostgarden.co.uk/prospectus2009

 

PENICUIK SATURDAY ORGANIC & FAIRTRADE MARKET

–entirely non-profit and run by local volunteers since 1990

 

TAKING ON THE PRESS

 –ideas for Pen-Y-Coe Press & Old Post Office, Bridge Street Penicuik 

 

BANK MILL PROJECT LATEST

 

Campaign to restore General Maczek’s GREAT POLISH MAP OF SCOTLAND

 

PENICUIK HOUSE PRESERVATION TRUST

 

PICTURES OF BIELD COMMUNITY WALLED GARDEN, PERTHSHIRE

 

PILLAR AND MOON : THE GRAND ENTRANCE TO NOWHERE

 

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 Saturday Open House in the Town Hall:

Click here to see some of the upcoming events

Click here to browse some of the 100 or so past Penicuik Open House weekly displays

KITTY FYFFE’S POSTCARDS

PENICUIK CO-OP

HEAT & LIGHT

OLD TOOLS

TOM ADAMS TOWN PLANNER FROM CARLOPS TO NEW YORK

ROBERT NASMYTH AND PENICUIK’S CORNBANK DESIGN

THE COWAN PAPER ADVERTISEMENTS OF 1944

JOHN DENNIS AND THE ESKBRIDGE BRICKWORKS

THE COWAN ARTISTS OF 1944

DEMOLITION OF VALLEYFIELD MILL IN 1980

 

Penicuik Community Development Trust a message from the chair in the first weeks of the project  25 April 2012

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Penicuik’s Food Project and the restoration of Penicuik’s Upper Walled Garden is now under way –we make a tour of the site every first Sunday of the month (meet in the Penicuik House Estate carpark on the road to Carlops at 2pm) and there are regular workdays for all ages.  Working in the garden is tremendously satisfying and helping to move this ambitious project forward gives a real sense of achievement.  Find out the latest news of the Lost Garden regularly at our special page www.makers.org.uk/penicuik/lostgardenlatest  You can also ring Penicuik 677854 for details about access, workparties and plans, talk to us at the Town Hall Open House (see below) or at the volunteer organic food market every Saturday morning at Valleyfield House 17 High Street where  East Coast Organic produce from Haddington is available till the walled garden comes on stream, plus artisan bread from Penicuik’s local Breadshare bakery.

Saturday Open House is the Trust’s free drop-in community cafe with a warm friendly welcome and good home baking.  It’s open every week from 10 am to 2 pm in Penicuik Town Hall, with regular displays on the Lost Garden and Food Project, Trust ideas for premises in the Town Centre, and more exhibitions of Penicuik Greats like photographer Albert Watson.  Drop in and find up what’s going on in Penicuik: local groups are always welcome to come in and set up a stall.

Penicuik’s Weekly Cinema in the Town Hall continues on Sunday nights with Youth Choice team selection Aliens on 29 April the new Isle of Man TT classic Closer to the Edge on 6 May, this year’s Best Picture, The Artist, on 14 May,  Youth Choice animation My Neighbour Totoro on 20 May, gaelic feature Seachd The Inaccessible Pinnacle on 27 May, youth choice animation Howls Moving Castle (2005) with Christian Bale and Jean Simmons on 3 June, Ben Kingsley in Gandhi on 10 June and youth classic Into the Wild (2007) on 17 June. We’re always looking for helpers young and old for our projection and front of house teams, and erectors and dismantlers for the stage-sized big screen in the upper hall each week: email Chris Dave (trikindave@live.co.uk) or Daniel Bagrie for Youth Choice or see us in the Town Hall.

Annual General Meeting: join us in the Town Hall at 7.30 on Wednesday 30 May for Penicuik Community Development Trust AGM.  The Trust is people like you determined to keep our town alive and build real assets for the future.  Where there’s a will there will always be a way.