The Lions Gate

The Lions Gate is a permaculture project that aims to improve the health and well-being of people and planet. We are developing two urban garden spaces at Edinburgh Napier University – one is a rooftop kitchen allotment where we intend to develop a circular food economy, the other is a garden space for staff, students and volunteers to work and unwind closer to nature. The Lions Gate aims to effect real change within the university, the local community and at a policy level with regards living and working more ecologically and in tune with nature’s seasons. We are also looking at ways that digital technology can assist in helping with this. We also hope to develop a ‘living sustainability’ module within the university that can be accessed by all. Key to success of the project is to provide healthy, inspiring spaces and opportunities for students, staff and the local community to realise their strengths, work collaboratively with others and co-develop solutions to the ecological concerns of the present. The project provides opportunities to; garden, plant food forests, sensory, herb gardens and fruit tree guilds, build structures such as ponds, staging, raised beds, seating and tables, bee hotels etc, administrate work, develop digital interactions, get dirty, have fun and meet like-minded people – all contributing to improvements in health for people and the planet.

  • The Lions Gate, Edinburgh Napier University, Merchiston Campus, Rm H18, 10 Colinton Road, EH10 5DT, Edinburgh, EH10 5DT
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Current opportunity

To coordinate the work of approx 80 individuals we have on our database. Signing-up new volunteers, arranging drop-in sessions. Arranging events and workshops. Administrating volunteers. Health & Safety. Considerable knowledge of planting, plant-lore, growing, harvesting.