This month the IGA team were lucky enough to pay a (socially distanced) visit to Levenmouth Academy to visit their incredible school garden and to meet the various people involved in putting together and sustaining this venture.
Duncan Zuill, founder of Bat’s Wood, and Claire McLeod, Principal Teacher for Geography, introduced us to the project and showed us the various ways in which the garden is used by pupils. We were also joined by community activist Ken Haig and mental health worker Iricka King who kindly shared their experiences of working with various communities and the importance of the garden to developing and sustaining community cohesion in the area.
It was inspiring to visit the site and to hear about the development of Bats Wood. There was a great deal of commonality between our two projects, including the importance of activism and protecting the right to access land for all. We discussed at length issues of austerity and shared our common desire to see school garden sites as both a response to and reaction against these violent measures.
We very much hope to continue to share ideas with Bats Wood and to revisit the site in the future!