NBiB Guided tours @ Fringe by the sea
Groups in North Berwick whom we support
From time to time groups across North Berwick approach us to help them with their gardening needs (short & long term). Groups such as:
1. 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 comprising 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
Some NBIB volunteers also volunteer with the Scottish Sea Bird Centre and both organisations support each other.
NBIB helps the day centre with their garden area. Volunteers carry out routine maintenance, keep the garden tidy and have helped day centre clients to plant baskets with herbs and vegetables for use in the day centre kitchen
NBIB was one of the partners of the Fringe by the Sea festival in 2019, offering a guided horticultural walk as part of the programme and 'dressing' the festival village near the harbour by the provision of colourful planters, tubs and a floral bicycle. NBIB helped to ensure that waste from the festival village was recycled and there was no plastic cutlery or straws. In 2021 we are supplying floral displays for the various venues
5. Lime Grove
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 weed proof 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.
The successful efforts of NBiB and other volunteers have improved Lime Grove to such an extent that the Community have entered the "Its your Neighbourhood initiative" run by the RHS and Britain in Bloom.
6. 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.
7. NBiB volunteers join with the RSPB teams and community groups such as cadets and Brownies on litter picks on the beaches and islands.