The Riverside Gardens are All We'd Away

A few months ago encouraged by all the gardening going on in Elderpark, I began digging outside the back close - it's sunny and drab and was full of glass


For years we used to get the bottom windows broken.  and a few years ago there was a fire in one of the first floor flats.  The windows were broken and lots of glass left lying on the grass outside - perhaps to deter the dogs from leaving their business?  Anyway I started digging and collected quite a pile of glass as you can see from the photos


Inspired by the turf seat in the Forgotten Island Garden across the river, I tried to use the grass to make some seats for my neighbours to enjoy the sun and chat - well they weren't great - looked a bit more like a couple of graves - wonder if that was psychically symbolic?? 


Anyway planted some beans with canes and some of the local young people came to help which was great fun - they took away buckets of earth and seedlings to nurture on their drying area - bet their teachers and parents will be pleased


There are a few small gardens around the block - just folk trying to grow things.


This week the council dug them all up and is now in the process of replacing all with paving and grass.  there may be some beds being built and no doubt stuffed with cottoneaster which will catch all the Saturday rubbish from the market nicely no doubt. 


One garden which has been longstanding for over twenty years was dug up and the plants just left to die, which I thought was a bit mean.   I tried to plant them up into some spare buckets, to save them, but the next day the council emptied the buckets??!!!


It's not as if they have fixed the drains and overflows before all the work - some of which caused much problem last winter making the pathways very very icy

There are heavy patches of damp around the bottom of the buildings which would indicate either excessive overflow or possible cracked pipes from when the scaffolding was put up to renovate the roofs etc. 


We used to have some shrubs out the front of the building.  After the scaffolding went up we began to see bubbles and foam in the grass.  Reported it a couple of times but the council never came to dig it up.  The shrubs slowly rotted away and the council cut them down and scattered grass seed, but even that hasn't taken.  The ground is sodden as I found out when I went out to dig the border full of dead fireweed.  I expect it drowned.  I found some of the old shrub roots quite rotten almost like a peat bog!!  Excepting that the ground is smelly.  The neighbour on the ground floor says he daren't open the window for the smell and the flies


I reported all to local housing again again having found one cracked pipe put a paving stone over it to mark the spot, but the workers have dragged all the paving stones out to replace them with new and the marker is gone


Some plumbers came to have a look, but said they only deal with indoors.  They suggested I might like to shift the soil for someone to have a wee look.  Well I might go out and dig around and see if I can find it if it's not under the ton of topsoil just been dumped in the area


And all the childrens play areas are gone - but some plans afoot to provide swing park.  Maybe some of that wood will be used for climbing frames - who knows we might even have a seat for parents to enjoy

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