Fri 1 Jul, 2016

The opening ceremony of the Parliament is a reminder that Holyrood is a Parliament for the people, and I'm delighted that Evie's good work locally will be recognised at this nationally important event. Andy Wightman MSP

The founder of a charity that organises food-growing activities to connect children with nature has been nominated as a Local Hero by Andy Wightman, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian. 

All 129 MSPs were invited to nominate a constituent who makes a positive difference in their community, to take part in tomorrow's Opening Ceremony of the Scottish Parliament (Sat 2 July).

The 'Local Heroes' will take part in the ‘Riding’ procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, along with around 2,000 other participants in a colourful, historic tradition. The Riding will feature people from all walks of public life and local community groups, plus music and entertainment.

Andy said:

"My local hero is Evie Murray, founder of Leith Community Crops in Pots. Evie has done great work in schools and elsewhere with the aim of a happy, healthy, leafy Leith. 

"To date the charity has planted around 40 fruit and nut trees, with a further 175 waiting in their tree nursery. In the pipeline is a programme of forest school education, a social enterprise café/farm shop, and much more. The opening ceremony of the Parliament is a reminder that Holyrood is a Parliament for the people, and I'm delighted that Evie's good work locally will be recognised at this nationally important event."

 

Leith Community Crops in Pots

 

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