People’s Millions Garden

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Adding to Moray Art Centre environmental credentials, the People’s Millions Garden is bursting with lots of green ideas!

The People’s Millions, Big Lottery grant allowed the Art Centre to create a garden for the whole community. The garden includes a wild beasty wall, play areas, a hand-built kiln, a green woodworking area, a prehistoric cup marked stone and even a compost toilet in amongst the lush backdrop of plants and flowers. The garden is open all year round with free entry.

Manja Hannon, a professional gardener and landscaper,  created the garden over seven months with the help of volunteers and BTCV. Finished in the summer of 2009, the garden provides all year round material for our artists to paint, another interest for visitors and a perfect environment to improve the biodiversity of the area.

The gardens incorporate a practical yet peaceful space to sit and enjoy – to paint, create, relax and share. The gardens have grounded the Art Centre by surrounding it with boundary and beauty. Whilst continuing to evolve organically through future workshops it will remain friendly to wildlife and children. Although only in its second year, the garden has been an abundance of growth  and amazed us all with its continual flowering and wide range of insect life. Manja hopes it will inspire people to step outside and look closer at their own gardens and see what can be found in nature and plants all year round.

The garden caught the eye of presenter Carol Baxter from the BBC Scotland TV programme, Beechgrove Garden.  After visiting the Centre she thought that the environmental features would be of interest to their viewers and the garden was filmed as part of the BBC series and was aired in July 2009.

The garden has overflowed with flowers  and fruit again this simmer and as we all know a garden is a project which continues to grow.  We are keen to hear from anyone interested in helping to maintain the garden (full training will be provided) along with any donations or second-hand gardening equipment for volunteers to use.