NBIB works closely with many other organisations in the town.
Law primary has an established gardening club, which meets every Friday morning with pupils from P6. Two of our members attend every week, along with a teacher from the school who plans the activities which include planting, harvesting, building and crafts and encourage the pupils to learn about the practical side of gardening. In addition, the school holds several ‘task force’ days attended by many of the NBIB volunteers. This year this has included daffodil bulb planting with P3 pupils, Playground cleanup with friends of the school, and tree planting day with sustaining NB and the ELC amenity team. There is more on this on the dedicated school page
Leuchie House:- The Big hare trail
NBiB will be offering its support to Leuchie House as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. Their Big Hare Trail is a spectacular public art event that will see 10 giant Hares hopping their way across North Berwick from Saturday, 10th July for 10 weeks. Use this link to go directly to their web page to find out more and make a donation
Sustaining North Berwick:
This group shares many of the same ideals as NBIB, in particular promoting sustainability, encouraging the use of recyclable packaging and planting trees to improve air quality. We have joined in with many of their initiatives, most recently the combined tree planting day where together, volunteers from both groups planted 450 trees donated by the woodland trust.
Eco Aware NB:
This group draws membership from many eco-minded groups in the town including NBiB, Seabird Centre, Sustaining NB, NB High School Eco Group, east Lothian Council, Fidra environmental charity and local hotels and restaurants. It discusses and actions how recycling and reusing can be taken forward in the town.
Many of the NBIB volunteers also volunteer with the SSBC and both organisations support each other. Many joint activities were planned for this summer to celebrate the year of coasts and waters and unfortunately none of these will now take place. Last November NBIB held a party in the Sea Bird Centre to thank the many people and organisations who had helped them to success in the Beautiful Scotland competition. We will now be holders of the Rose bowl for two years running!
NBIB helps the day centre with their garden. Volunteers carry out routine maintenance, keep the garden tidy and help day centre clients to plant baskets with herbs and vegetables for use in the day centre kitchen.
Lime Grove Community Garden
Lime Grove Community took over a derelict piece of land on their street and are transforming it into a community space where local residents can grow plants, enjoy natural planting, and sit and have a chat with their neighbours. East Lothian Council Amenities team gave the group permission to turn an old run down playpark into a vibrant space with raised vegetable beds, a herb garden and seaside shingle garden. The Amenities team built a wide wheelchair accessible path and levelled the ground. Last year volunteers from NBIB took away sacks of weeds and brambles and new donations of compost and potato boxes have helped to build up some structure. The community held an open day 1 year ago (before lockdown) to put forward ideas and agree a plan for the new garden. Now that the rules have eased slightly, pairs of volunteers from the Bass Rocketeers and other groups have dug out more perennial weeds and laid weedproof membrane for the natural planting area. Lots of donations of plants will be planted out to form the backbone of the new garden which hopefully will be a focal point for residents and the scene of picnics and barbeques throughout the summer months.