The Shed: chapter 3

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Time passes. Seasons come and go. Red and amber warnings are meaningless to a garden. Be it a Beast from the East putin’ icy blasts our way, or that Pest from the West trumpetin’ hot air – the garden remains open.

‘The Grand Opening’ 30th August 2012

It was Holly – the young holm oak who reminded me of that day. For over a year I had been used and abused by those making paths and planting borders. Holly had been plucked from nursery and transported to Ninewells on the pretext of having her roots done. There were more folk than normal in the garden, some even wearing suits. A buzz of anticipation in the air. Was there to be a royal visitor? Lack of fresh paint and no red carpet suggested not. Some said it was the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. I suppose cabinets do need checking for woodwork and the like…

It was Nico the Surgeon who appeared to say a few words (perhaps telling photographers it was alright to take pictures). With the aid of shiny spade and whilst standing on a piece of artificial turf she scattered earth on Holly’s resting place. So the garden was officially open. I wonder whatever happened to Nico? Still wielding a scalpel perhaps?

Anon

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Friday 1st June 10.30am-12pm and 1-2.30pm

Have you thought about volunteering, but never taken the first step? Are you interested in contributing to a therapeutic garden that promotes health? Would you like to learn about gardening, but don’t know where to start?

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My Place Award Winner 2018

Our Leaf Room has won the 2018 Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards!

The My Place Awards are a national celebration of good local design and conservation as nominated and evaluated by local people.  Their aim is to identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered positive benefits to that community.  Gaby Laing, Heritage Officer at the Scottish Civic Trust said:
“The Leaf Room totally encapsulates what the My Place Awards are all about: a beautifully and sensitively designed asset loved and used by the community. Modest in its approach, the Leaf Room truly delivers far beyond its remit. In 2018, all eyes may be on Dundee for the opening of the new V&A, but the Leaf Room goes to show how much Dundee already has to be proud of in terms of civic pride and architecture.”

Congratulations to everyone involved, especially architect Jonathan Reeve (Voigt Partnership), builder Stewart Burness (S+R Developments) and The Dundee Civic Trust for nominating us.  The room was officially opened by Shona Robison in November 2017 and has become a real hub for our community – the volunteers, visitors, patients, staff, school groups and friends who meet, shelter, chat and drink lots of tea there!  The news comes in the same week that work begins to install the toilet, water and power, which will be up and running by the summer – watch this space for further news!

The Shed (chapter 2)

garden aprilHi! I should explain. Shedding light was just a nod to my new headgear. I’m now kitted out with motion detecting, solar powered headlamps. I’m slightly less alarmed now. To fully appreciate the dazzling display please attend the next midnight barbecue.

My little pal Ed, a mere shedling, would like to point out to all rodents that the indoor activities contained within him are closed. The play area, pool and fine dining experience are off limits whilst a fatal accident inquiry takes place. It’s thought (though pure speculation at the moment) that a bunch of voles, presumably playing lemmings, used the watering can spout as a flume to the splash pool. They came to a soggy end.

I was just about to mention… oh wood pigeons have dropped more messages on my new top hat…

Anon

Shedding Light

garden april

I’m a blue metal box with a wooden overcoat. A dumping ground for old tools, plastic bags, half used pots of paint and a liberal sprinkle of mouse droppings. Shut for days on end, only open should a bike or mower be required. I now house what all Scottish gardens need – a barbecue. The must-have accessory which is retired two weeks after purchase.

I used to live a full life. My own electricity supply, working windows, a well used office space appreciated by many. Seven years ago I was dropped into an out of the way spot, cable ripped out, windows sealed, lock criminally vandalised and my key box tampered with.

I’ve seen a few things – but that’s for another day.