A canal network, a car park, a former ferry terminal and a library will become home to edible gardens, vertical farms and harvest-themed festivals as part of the biggest Scottish project in a UK-wide culture celebration this year.
The Scottish Government-backed project, which is expected to have a budget of at least £7 million, is the centrepiece of Scotland’s program for Britain’s £120m “Unboxed” festival that will be launched in Paisley next month. The organisers of Glasgow's Celtic Connections festival are among those involved in Dandelion, which will see musicians-in-residence work with producers in sites selected to become home to “Unxpected Gardens”.
Unused land and unusual locations will be hosting events, artistic installations and places to grow herbs and vegetables for the local community to share. Billed as Scotland’s biggest ever community-led “grow your own food” initiative, Dandelion will feature two barges which will tour the Forth and Clyde Canal, and the Union Canal over the summer. One will feature a miniature allotment and a garden shed, while the other will feature the vertical farm cubes which will be distributed all over Scotland and fitted with speakers to broadcast specially-commissioned music as part of the Dandelion program.
Martin Green, chief creative officer of the Unboxed festival, said: “As a project, Dandelion is literally about sowing seeds for the future, which we hope will inspire local communities and the next generation.”
Marie Christie, head of development at VisitScotland said: “We’re thrilled that gardens across Scotland will be enjoyed by local people and visitors as part of the Dandelion program throughout this year.”
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