Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) was founded in 1670 as a physic garden. It is now a world-renowned centre for plant science, horticulture and education and extends over four gardens (Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan) boasting a rich living collection of plants. For the BigPicnic project, RBGE’s mission is to work with target communities to address the problem of food poverty in Scotland, and to explore why many of the people of Scotland have a poor diet, which impacts on their health and well-being. They seek to engage with families from areas recognised by the Scottish Government as Areas of Multiple Deprivation (AMD), people undergoing challenges due to life problems such as homelessness or disconnection that affect their access to food, and those interested in helping them with ‘bottom up’ solutions and input to policy changes.