Santa’s Grotto

The Vennie are hosting Santa’s Grotto in Knightsridge Community Garden on Friday 16th December from 2pm-5pm. Please purchase tickets before the event to avoid disappointment as we have limited availability. Come and see Santa who will give you a present.
Tickets £2 can be purchased from the Vennie or Vennie staff. Contact methods: 01506 432 094, admin@thevennie.co.uk or by our facebook page.

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Award for best Community Garden in West Lothian

The Knightsridge Vennie Communty Garden has won the West Lothian Gardens competition award for best Community Garden in the County. What a magnificent achievement for the Garden and the Knightsridge Community. Well done to all concerned!
For more information on how you can become involved in the garden please contact The Vennie on 01506 432094 or pop in to the garden.

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Job opportunity at Knightsridge Community Garden

The Vennie has been successful in applying to the Community Jobs Scotland fund for the Knightsridge Community Garden to take on a trainee. The criteria for the job is 18-24 years, 25 hours per week, and will pay the living wage. The post is for 6 month period only. You can apply through Job Centre Plus or Skills Development Scotland. Speak to one of their advisers about this job. Application will be through submitting your C.V. and covering letter. The Post is: Community Garden Development Assistant – Job Number 1479. More info available through the Vennie

Community Garden Official Launch

The Community Garden is nearing completion. We are having an official launch of the garden on Saturday 1st August 1pm onward. BBQ, face painting, Vennie music club, arts and crafts and more. Come along and support this wonderful new resource for the Knightsridge Community.
More info from the Vennie if you need it 01506 432094. Click on link below for official poster.

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Community Garden Update

The Vennie managment committee and the Community Garden Steering group are pleased to announce, that after almost a year of planning and fund raising, work to create a Community Garden in the heart of Knightsridge. The project will transform the old semi-derelict nursery school site into a new outdoor community space for the local community. Leaflets will be coming round the doors in Knightsridge shortly to explain the future plans for the garden, and more importantly how you can become involved. We will also be hosting a Community Information Day, in Mosswood Community Centre on Saturday 13th June 11am till 1pm. This will include detailed plans, illustrations and a 3 dimensional computer projection of what the finished garden will look like. The garden will be a fabulous resource/facility for the Knightsridge Community.

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Community Garden Funding

The Vennie are pleased to announce that they have been successful in obtaining a grant to further develop our Community Garden.

We aim to create an outdoor space where people can enjoy the outdoor environment, relax, play, grow vegetables, meet neighbours and friends and also create an environment which is suitable for community events.

The garden will have two distinct areas, each area being approx. half the site.  The first area will be primarily focused on health, learning and how to grow food. This area will have a focus on working with schools, community groups, family groups and children with our garden development worker and volunteers.

The other area will be developed as a community garden for play, relaxation and outdoor community events. Although it will be for the whole community it has been designed with young children and families in mind, as well as older people and people with disabilities.

“These works have been made possible thanks to
funding provided by Avondale Environmental and West Lothian Council through
the Landfill Communities Fund as administered by LandTrust.”

Below is images of what we hope the final outcome of the garden will be.

 

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Community Garden future plans

We are putting together a funding application to take our ambitious plans for the community garden to the next stage of development.

We aim to create an outdoor space where people can enjoy the outdoor environment, relax, play, grow vegetables, meet neighbours and friends and also create an environment which is suitable for community events.

The garden will have two distinct areas, each area being approx. half the site.  The first area will be primarily focused on health, learning and how to grow food. This area will have a focus on working with schools, community groups, family groups and children with our garden development worker and volunteers.

The other area will be developed as a community garden for play, relaxation and outdoor community events. Although it will be for the whole community it has been designed with young children and families in mind, as well as older people and people with disabilities.

We should hear back soon through our funding source and we will report back hopefully with a positive outcome.

Winter Garden and Santa’s Grotto

The latest activity to take place in our Community Garden was ‘A Winter Garden and Santa’s Grotto’.  We decided to host the event on 18th December from 4pm till 7pm.  As it was an ambitious piece of work, we tried to involve as many local groups as possible to pull this together, to create community cohesion and community spirit.  Groups involved in the partnership along with us were; Livingston Ladies, Mosswood Management Committee, East Knightsridge Tenants and Residents Association and the Knightsridge Scout Troup as well as Vennie staff and volunteers. We decorated the inside and outside of our container, in the garden to provide Santa’s grotto, Christmas lights were hung from trees and bushes, gazebos were erected to provide cover for our elves who sang Christmas carols and wrapped presents. We also had a BBQ with mulled hot  drinks.

Over 130 children and young people were able to visit santa on the day with almost 180 people visiting us at the Winter Garden altogether, despite the most horrendous weather imaginable.  This is testimony to commitment of the community to support local organisations and activities.  It is hoped this will become an annual event.

Santa’s Grotto at Knightsridge Community Garden

The Knightsridge Community Garden group are hosting ‘Santa’s Grotto in the garden’ at Ferguson Way, Knightsridge. The event will take place on 19th December 2014 from 4pm till 7pm. If you want to see Santa Claus who will give you a present, you will have to purchase a ticket before the event for £2. Tickets will be available from Knightsridge Adventure Project-The Vennie, Livingston Ladies Group and Mosswood Community Centre.

We will also have an elves workshop making and wrapping presents, Carol singing, posting a letter to Santa Claus, a wish tree, BBQ, mulled drinks and hot chocolate. Toilet facilities are available at Mosswood Community Centre.

Partners involved in this exciting initiative are: Knightsridge Adventure Project-The Vennie, East Knightsridge Tenants and Residents Association, Livingston Ladies Group and Mosswood Community Centre Management Committee.

Bulb planting and pot decoration

Girls club staff and young people invited Willie Carruthers, (Knightsridge Vennie community garden worker) to participate in bulb and flower planting on Thursday at the girls club. The girls were also able to do plant pot decoration. The girls planned their individual decoration then started to transfer that to their pots. After they decorated each pot they partly filled up their pot with compost and soil then placed their plants within them and then completed their filling operation with soil. 

The girls had a great time and it was wonderful to see the participation levels among the girls group. Hopefully the girls group will have learned valuable lessons and will use these skills in the future. This session closely followed the curriculum for excellence.

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