Unexpected Garden: The Orchard, Leven - Dandelion
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Unexpected Garden: The Orchard, Leven

The words Grow & Share in large and brightly coloured letters are attached to a fence in a garden. There are raised beds and wooden barrels in the foreground that are heaving with plants.


Vertical growing, upcycled railway parts and interactive elements gave a new lease of life to the car park of Leven Community Centre, a market garden inspired by the planned reopening of the Leven railway line was created. In celebration of this development, long hoped for by the community, the garden reimagined the railway in miniature scale. Leven residents drove the whole concept, a result of a close collaboration between The Leven Programme and its community. The garden incorporates sensory elements to immerse visitors in a fun, surprising environment, with the concrete surrounds of the car park transformed into a thriving, above ground construction filled with edible plants. Beautiful but functional too, the garden includes a stage and seating area where performances, growing and cooking classes, arts activities, climate and sustainability workshops, intergenerational activities and more are held. A place to explore, unwind, socialise, learn new things and help grow food for the community. This is not your ordinary car park!


Dates / Locations

28 Apr - 11 Sep 2022 Unexpected Garden: The Orchard, Leven

The Centre,
1 Broomieknowe,


Emerging Creative Producer:
Naomi D’Cruz
Musician in Residence:
Tom Oakes and David Nicholson
Creative Ethnologist:
Steve Byrne