Horatio’s Garden is a charity that creates accessible gardens in NHS spinal injury centres. Leading garden designers develop the stunning sanctuaries for patients. The Mushroom Trust donated funds towards the Scottish National Spinal Injuries Unit at the South Glasgow University Hospital which was designed by James Alexander-Sinclair. Volunteers help to maintain the gardens and to run activities for patients.
Transition Edinburgh South is a small community led volunteer organisation focusing on helping individuals and communities build sustainable lives. The ‘Grow Stronger’ project responds to interest in access to affordable, locally grown and nutritious fresh food. With support from the Mushroom Trust, an area of land was transformed into a community vegetable garden.
The Coupar Angus Community Woodland project was founded to develop the town’s Butterybank field which had previously fallen into disuse. Many trees, such as ashes, osiers and sauchs (willows), along with fruit trees, were being planted by tenants on Butterybank and neighbouring Beechhill in the 15th and 16th centuries. The field is now home to more than 400 trees and 230 shrubs planted by volunteers over 3 sessions including children from Coupar Angus primary. The site officially opened in 2015 and since then the gates and fencing have been improved, with countryside access sign codes donated to the site by Perth and Kinross Council. A bench, sited to give access to the wonderful views of the River Isla was made and installed by the ‘Make a Difference Team’ and a time capsule has been hidden for future fun and interest. The project not only provided environmental improvements to the area, it provided a great space for the community.