Dunbar in Bloom
Dunbar in Bloom has worked with its coastal landscape and local heritage features around the town. The Ridge Backlands Garden, Belhaven Community Garden and the Battery complement the town’s beautiful parks, John Muir Way, carpet bedding display and the tubs and planters in the High Street. Sustainable planting is being used in projects and any future designs. Intergenerational working within the town can be seen at the Dementia Carers group, the opportunities for the youngsters to learn and heal at the Ridge, the entertainment at the Battery and the volunteers growing food, fruit and flowers at the local Hospital community garden.
In 2018, Dunbar in Bloom won the 'Young People Award' for The Ridge Backlands Garden':
The Ridge aims to help local people tackle barriers to living life to the full, helping them move from dependency to contribution. One aspect of this work is the Backlands Garden. Working with all ages, there is strong focus on provision for young people, addressing issues early on to avoid more serious future problems. Groups undertaking RHS ‘Grow To’ awards which gives valuable structure and a sense of achievement, as well as something tangible for CVs. Post-school, there are paid work opportunities within the garden for those struggling to find positive destinations. This allows a closely mentored rotation around skills: horticulture, traditional masonry and joinery, all working to improve the historic garden site, and accessing employability/life-skills support throughout. For those struggling with wider issues (e.g. mental health, addictions etc.) there are opportunities to volunteer and access the mental and physical health benefits of gardening, as well as learning practical skills and making social connections/feeling part of something positive and worthwhile.