Peebles CAN open community garden yurt

Peebles CAN yurt visit 2017Peebles CAN (Community Action Network) is a not-for-profit community based organisation that works towards building community resilience and sustainability.  Their objective is to work creatively with all sectors of the community, with a particular focus on developing self-sustaining projects that build community capacity. They received a grant from the Climate Challenge fund for Grow, Cook, Build, and Own which is a project to encourage families to build a sustainable Peebles.

On Saturday the 22nd of April I was honoured to cut the ribbon to open a yurt. The yurt is a shelter for those who have been helping in the community garden. I spoke to one mum who spoke to me about her daughter’s enthusiasm that morning. She said “Her face lit up when we entered the yurt. She is usually shy about new things but, we entered the community garden and her face lit up. Non-stop drumming for 20 minutes and from this we discovered we would go every month and make use of the vegetable beds and help whenever we can.”

The grant will also be used to create 7 new job posts and run national campaigns which will aim to reduce 35 tonnes of carbon. It’s great to hear this money being well spent and I look forward to continuing to work with Peebles CAN in the future. If you would like to find out more about them please visit their website here.


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