Case study: Kenny, Wauchope Community Garden

Overcoming challenges

The Wauchope Community Garden in Craigmillar is helping combat social isolation and loneliness by providing people with a relaxing and peaceful outdoor space where they can meet others and get to grips with gardening.

Here Kenny, a former labourer and bricklayer, from Craigmillar tells us what a positive affect this community project has had on his life:

“Since being introduced to Wauchope Community Garden by Karin, our community project worker, my daily routine couldn’t have been more different.

“Before, I would spend a lot of time sitting alone at home, drinking out of boredom. Now, I’m getting outside on a daily basis, which has reduced the amount I drink allowing me to save money. 

“I’ve also found that I really enjoy gardening. Apart from anything else, it gives me a chance to exercise. The garden has been hugely positive not only for my physical health but also for my mental health. 

“I’ve never felt comfortable in big groups, which is probably why I’ve shied away from projects like this in the past. 

“The garden suits me perfectly because I can spend time chatting with smaller groups of people whilst also having the opportunity for quality time on my own. I love watching the birds and taking time to tend the garden.

“I only wish I knew about the community garden sooner! I’d recommend it to anyone!”

Wauchope Community Garden is funded by Carr Gomm’s community development programme.