V&A com­mu­nity gar­den blooms

New at­trac­tion de­signed by peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues un­veiled

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A gar­den de­signed by peo­ple liv­ing with men­tal health is­sues has been un­veiled at Dundee’s new wa­ter­front.

The rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony at the V&A com­mu­nity gar­den was at­tended by mem­bers of the pub­lic who were in­volved in the de­sign, as well as vol­un­teers who helped plant the flow­ers, shrubs and grass.

Live mu­sic, food and speeches marked the of­fi­cial open­ing of the 100sq-m gar­den yes­ter­day.

V&A Dundee com­mu­ni­ties pro­ducer Peter Nurick said: “The V&A com­mu­nity gar­den has been de­signed and cre­ated by the peo­ple of Dundee for the peo­ple of Dundee.

“It be­gan as a project to look at how de­sign can ac­tu­ally sup­port peo­ple liv­ing with and re­cov­er­ing from a range of com­plex men­tal health con­di­tions.

“A series of work­shops took a group of ap­prox­i­mately 20 in­di­vid­u­als through each step of de­sign process, right from re­search, pho­tog­ra­phy, in­ter­views and un­der­stand­ing the site, all the way through to draw­ing, sketch­ing and model-mak­ing at the end.

“The co-de­sign team worked hard to make this a space where peo­ple can gather, re­lax and re­flect.

“The hard work of the vol­un­teers has re­ally brought the gar­den to life and we are hope­ful that lo­cal peo­ple will con­tinue to help us main­tain this space as it grows and evolves.

“I would also like to thank the play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery, as with­out their sup­port this project would not have been pos­si­ble,” he added.

The team was helped by pro­fes­sional de­sign­ers Linsey McIn­tosh and Gary Kennedy.

As well as a place for re­lax­ation, the gar­den will act as an ex­ten­sion to the V&A when it opens next year, pro­vid­ing a space for out­door talks and events.

In­cluded in the de­sign is a small stage, a sunken area for peo­ple to gather and so­cialise in and a green ‘liv­ing wall’ which will pro­vide shel­ter.

Clara Govier, head of char­i­ties at Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery, said: “Play­ers of Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery have awarded an in­cred­i­ble £825,000 to V&A Dundee since 2014 to al­low them to work closely with peo­ple in Dundee and across Scot­land.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late all the vol­un­teers in­volved in this fan­tas­tic project.”

The Rank Foun­da­tion, Tesco Bags of Help and Careys Civil En­gi­neer­ing also sup­ported the V&A com­mu­nity gar­den.

Pic­tures: Kim Cess­ford.

Left: Stu­dents Luis Ni­col, Tammy Juck­iewicz and Bran­dyn Ste­wart view some of the sen­sory el­e­ments in the new V&A com­mu­nity gar­den, and, above, a view of the gar­den.

Peter Nurick says all the hard work has been brought to life.

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