Craigmillar Community Grows is creating seed packets, soil and recycled pots to be delivered to local families with children to encourage them to learn new skills in the garden and keep them entertained whilst physically distancing.

Sandy’s Community Centre, based in Craigmillar, has held a weekly youth group for children in the local area to come together and learn about the outdoors. Since the Coronavirus outbreak, the Centre has reached out to Craigmillar Community Grows, a Carr Gomm fundraised community project, to ask if they could create seed packets to be included in each activity pack designed to keep the children entertained. Carr Gomm was able to provide seeds and soil for around 19 families.

Karin Chipulina, Community Project Worker with Carr Gomm said: “Last week it was seeds the Centre wanted to distribute between the families, so I created packs with sunflower and nasturtium seeds that children could grow in their gardens or on a window ledge. I drew diagrams and wrote instructions to follow and found recycled pots to include in the packs, which I know the Centre really appreciated.

 “The Centre has planned for the children to grow their flowers at home and bring them to the Centre garden to plant once lockdown measures have been lifted. This has given the children a goal and something to look forward to in the future.

“We are delighted the seed packs have been such a success with St Teresa’s youth group, another local organisation, now requesting their very own packs to be delivered.”

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