Nov 17 2010 by Donald Morton, Stirling Observer Wednesday
STIRLING’S Gardenshare scheme has found a perfect 'match' in St Ninians.
The initiative seeks to bring together people who have a garden but can’t look after it, with 'wannabe' gardeners who don’t have a plot of their own.
It’s the brainchild of Stirling woman Philippa Cochrane and she has already achieved a few successes.
The latest is in St Ninians and it links up Lisa MacLeod, who stays in a flat in Main Street, with Marisa Rosie, who lives near the top of Coxithill Road.
“I love my garden and when I first moved in here I did a lot of work in it,” said Marisa. “It was a bit of a jungle back then.”
More recently, however, Marisa hasn’t been able to tend the garden herself so she was interested when she saw publicity flyers produced by Philippa for the Gardenshare project.
Meanwhile, Lisa MacLeod and her fiancé Andy were keen to grow their own fruit and veg but didn’t have any garden ground and there’s a waiting list for local allotments.
Lisa stays just a five-minute bike ride from Marisa’s house so the match has been very convenient.
“It has been shown elsewhere that sharing gardens works better when the two partners don’t stay too far away from one another,’’ said Philippa.
In the past month or so, Lisa and Andy have been busy double digging the heavy clay soil in preparation for planting in the spring. Everyone concerned is excited by the project and just can’t wait until next year’s growing season.
But they’ll be having a day off on Saturday as it’s Lisa and Andy’s wedding day!
Going Carbon Neutral Stirling (GCNS) has been supportive of the Gardenshare project. Through its current Big Street Challenge project, they are also finding that neighbours are starting to get together to share garden implements and knowledge. See the website at www.goingcarbonneutralstirling.org.uk.
Phillipa can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate in Gardenshare either as a garden provider or worker.