An area of land in the village was bought in 2000 on behalf of the village by the National Trust for Scotland using funds from the McNiven Bequest. Since then, work has gone on to restore the site. Below are some pictures showing what has been done.
In February 2014, Duddingston Conservation Society bought the land and byre from the NTS and is planning to refurbish the byre over the next couple of years as a community space. Local residents were consulted in April 2014 regarding future uses and development of the land and byre.
A number of events have been organised in the Tennis Court recreation area including barbecues, musical evenings, bonfires, birthday parties and other celebrations.
The land comprises:
A (former) tree nursery, now with greenhouse, raised beds, occasional plant sale table, some soft fruit bushes, composting and food recycling area and a nursery bed.
A (former) Tennis Court, now a general recreation area and community gathering space.
A (former) drying green – now provides an access point to the Community Vegetable Garden.
A kitchen garden which has been reclaimed to provide a communal food growing project.
A (former) byre, which we hope to renovate.
Everyone is welcome to community land workdays. Forthcoming workdays: Last Sunday of the month, starting at 10.30 am. The garden has a ‘drop in’ every Thursday, and people are welcome to come along to garden, share knowledge and skills and good company.