One of the world's leading botanic gardens in Scotland's capital will become the latest charity to benefit from funding generated by players of People's Postcode Lottery. A massive £100,000 has been awarded to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and represents the start of a long term funding relationship for the Garden.

As Clara Govier, Head of Charities at People's Postcode Lottery said: "We are delighted that our players will support Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. The gardens attract over 750,000 visitors a year and are part of the fabric of Edinburgh. They are such an amazing resources for the local community, and many visit as children, return with their own children and then with their grandchildren.”

In addition to £105,000 funding already received, this new award will allow the conservation charity and well known visitor attraction to embark of the next stage of The Edible Garden project. This actively encourages people to grow their own vegetables and fruit by offering advice on how to get started.

The Edible Garden project is run jointly with the Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society. The project is for those who are keen to grow their own food but don't know where to begin. The project ensures that there are demonstrations, workshops and drop-in sessions to provide that added bit of support and advice to people who perhaps just need that extra bit of guidance.

Ian Edwards, Head of Exhibitions at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh said: “This is excellent news. In the two years since the Edible Garden Project has been running it has been possible to see a real change in people's lives. One young man, for example, who first came with a group of young adults at risk of homelessness has now joined up as one of the Project's volunteers, proudly helping others to grow their own food. This funding will help benefit so many more individuals.”

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