New Community Gardener Greg Young

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Greg Young is starting today as the new Kirknewton Community Gardener. The role is funded by the Scottish Government and Development Trust of Scotland.  We will let you know what services Greg can provide, with the funds from work he does going back into community projects.  He will also support some of the work of community groups locally.
Greg has worked in a variety of gardening, groundskeeping and Social enterprise roles since graduation (BA in Photography and PGDip in Organic Farming) and one of his hobbies is to take people out for foraging walks for free wild food. During this time he has also had to opportunity to work with a wide range of tools, from everyday gardening tools, to small diggers and power tools.
During his time as a Groundskeeper and Manager with Growing Gardeners he had to opportunity to plan and implement larger projects that are still being used today. At Belmont with help from volunteers from the local primary School he designed and planted a fruit orchard.
While working at Belmont he also worked on creating a woodland nature trail between all the veteran trees on the site. These were all trees that were imported such as Sequoia or Japanese Larch which had grew to an extraordinary size but were also havens for a wild variety of wildlife including Red Squirrels and Sea Eagles. For this he cleared brash and logs to create paths, built two viewing platforms and designed a map for people to use on the trail.
While working for Growing Gardeners he had the opportunity to teach gardening and life skills to participants through a number of projects. One of the main elements of this job was to replace Midlothian Council’s gardening service for elderly and disabled people by teaching gardening skills to young people who have left School without many qualifications. One of the projects he worked on during his time there I was working with local care home in Mayfield where he created an edible growing area that included a green house along with raised beds that were all wheelchair accessible. This is still in regular use today and has provided recreation and healthier food for the residents of the home.
He has always had a strong interest in the environment and gardening and is confident and enjoys sharing this knowledge with others. He is an honest and hard working person who is easy to get along with and enjoy working with others. He has a full current driving license, with a good knowledge of the area around Kirknewton.
He strongly believes that projects like ours are essential to the health of our nation and allows people and projects to connect in order to make local communities more sustainable, and this is why he would like to work for KDCT, as he believes that he could contribute in a positive way to this project.

Local Kirknewton Jobs – Community Gardener and Community Fundraiser

As part of the Scottish Government and Development Trust Association of Scotland Strengthening Communities Programme Kirknewton Community Development Trust has secured funding for two part time roles – a Community Gardener and a Community Fundraiser.

The intention is to raise funds to maintain jobs in the community beyond the ten month programme.

Application is by CV and covering letter.  The deadline for applications is 16th May at 5pm to or by post to the Green Room, 12 Main Street, Kirknewton, EH27 8AH

Kirknewton Community Gardener

21 hours a week, £10,000, To March 2019

We are currently looking for a part time community gardener to help us move our projects into the next stage of its development and raise funds for the community. You will have experience, with some landscaping knowledge.  A proven track record of developing and managing projects is preferred as is experience of working with volunteers/community work.


  • Working with our Board to develop and implement a number of projects designed to engage the local community. This includes consulting with local community groups, schools and local residents. This will include assisting with local groups.
  • Improving the look and our standards of basic practice across the community, on projects such as the Charles Jencks artwork, housing for the elderly landscaping, Village Improvement Projects, Community Woodland.
  • Working with the community to identify areas for improvement, for a factor fee
  • Working with the community to look after local gardens who require it, for a fee.
  • Identifying training needs of our volunteers in conjunction with our youth and volunteer co-ordinator, devising appropriate training sessions to fulfil these needs.
  • Ensuring all relevant health and safety standards are met in relation to your personal safety, the safety of volunteers, visiting school or community groups and members of the public.
  • Conducting and reviewing risk assessments as required.
  • Being responsible for the proper use, maintenance and safe storage of all plant, machinery, tools and equipment.
  • Reporting on all matters relating to the postholder’s activities
  • Undertaking such additional duties commensurate with the post as may reasonably be requested from time to time.

Person specification


  • Demonstrable experience of successful project planning from idea, through implementation to completion.
  • Gardening experience with good knowledge of plants & tools
  • Experience of working with and supervising volunteers including an ability to teach volunteers by example the principles of good practice.
  • Am understanding of how community-based organisations work

Skills and attributes

In addition, the candidate should be 

  • Genuinely excited by gardening keen to communicate this enthusiasm to as wide an audience as possible
  • Able to work with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
  • Strongly committed to working as part of a team.
  • Aware of all issues affecting personal safety and the safety of others, including volunteers.
  • Sensitive to community issues, values and demographics.
  • Reliable and organised
  • Friendly and approachable.
  • A confident and effective communicator both verbally and in writing
  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Willing to work flexible hours including and weekends.
  • Qualified First Aider or willing to acquire this qualification.


This is a part-time position 21 hours per week. Note that some weekend and evening work may be required.


£10,000 for 10 months, 21 hours a week

Job description and person spec for community gardener

Holiday entitlement

28 days pa pro rata


KCDT has an opt in pension plan.

Looking after volunteers

KCDT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers interacting with these groups to share this commitment. This position will be subject to a satisfactory reference check


The role of the Community Fundraiser is to raise funds to help assist the financial stability of the Kirknewton Community Development Trust and the work we do.

Job Description

  • To stimulate, encourage and support fundraising activities in Kirknewton carried out by individuals, organisations and associations on behalf of the Trust.
  • Develop our community lottery and fundraising raised through events.
  • Identify and apply for funding that meets the aims and objectives of the Kirknewton Development Plan.
  • Make links with individuals and groups, including companies, schools, churches and community organisations
  • Identify and develop fundraising initiatives to engage individuals and groups including companies, schools, churches and community organisations.
  • Encourage local participation in KCDT calendar of events
  • Work with organisers of events taking place in Kirknewton to encourage participants to raise funds for the Trust and community projects specific to the Development Plan
  • Produce resources such as posters, sponsorship forms, fundraising packs and thank you certificates to support and promote community fundraising events.
  • Actively find new supporters to promote Kirknewton collection tins and merchandise across the area and grow income as a result
  • Identify and maintain knowledge of all products offer, including lottery and events so that opportunities for cross-promotion can be utilised.
  • Recruit volunteers to assist you with fundraising activities

Community Fundraising Administration

  • Record all CF data and contact activity
  • Respond to CF enquiries, sending agreements, fundraising packs and thank you letters.
  • Add CF events to the website.
  • Log and maintain collection boxes and community lottery funds
  • Ensure risk assessments and agreements for CF events are sent and completed as and when needed.

Friends of Kirknewton / Supporter Groups

  • To explore the potential and provide administrative support and general support to the Friends of Kirknewton legacy programme.
  • To build effective relationships with Friends of Kirknewton.

Fundraising materials for Community Fundraising

  • Order and distribute CF materials and merchandise.
  • Monitor stock levels and carry out a regular stock take.

Other duties

  • Regular reporting and evaluation on areas of responsibility
  • Keep up to date with local government legislation, charity law, national fundraising guidelines and KCDT policies and procedures to ensure all fundraising activities comply.
  • To undertake all other reasonable duties as required by the organisation.
  • Provide support to the initiatives and events organised by other KCDT volunteer groups, including providing help and attendance as needed.
  • Hours
  • This is a part-time position 21 hours per week. Note that some weekend and evening work may be required.


  • £10,000 for 10 months, 21 hours a week.

Holiday entitlement

  • 28 days pa pro rata


  • KCDT has an opt in pension plan.

Looking after volunteers

  • KCDT is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers interacting with these groups to share this commitment. This position will be subject to a satisfactory reference check



Kirknewton Time to Talk Cafe


Local parent and Community Counsellor Fiona Halliday wished to start a support group in Kirknewton for parents and carers of children with additional support needs.  She recognised that parents and carers can experience high levels of isolation, and thought that a regular group would help people to meet and share experiences.  She noticed that Thursday 1st Feb is also “Time to Talk Day”, a day that encourages open exchange and talking to reduce isolation for people suffering mental health issues.

While these are two seperate issues, Fiona realised that she had a wonderful opportunity to bring people together over tea and cake as well as launching her Support Group.  In collaboration with KCDT, Fiona would like to invite all community members to a Mental Health Pop-up Community Cafe on Thursday 1st Feb, 11am – 1pm in The Green Room.  Baking donations would be greatly appreciated and everyone is welcome to drop in or stay for the duration.

Christmas Family event success

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The Kirknewton Christmas Family Fair and BBQ was a great success, raising over £1500 for local community organisations.

The Kirknewton Community Development Trust wanted to do something slightly different with the annual event, making it less about craft stalls and more about family friendly Christmas activities.  They also put less into publicity and more into entertainment with an additional marquee, a magician (three shows), snow machine, BookBugs, Mini and Me, Scout games, face painters, balloon makers, local choirs and the Kirknewton Primary School Brass band.  Santa was also there for the whole duration, giving out 100 books to young people.

On the day the Development Trust made £500 on the raffle for the Christmas hamper, glitter tattoos and entertainment.
The Guides made £193 from their craft stall for their camp.
Mums and Toddlers made £155 from the Santa’s grotto (which looked amazing)
Allotments made £300 from tea/coffee/juice and homebaking (selling out!)
The BBQ made  £276 for Rainbows and Brownies.
The Gala sold small gifts and toys.
The school PSA too £274 for their merchandise and crafts while children waited for Santa.
The Development Trust would like to thank everyone in the community and local businesses who participated a big vote of thanks for trying something a wee bit different this year, based on your feedback from last years event.  A big thank you to the Stables for providing the venue for free.

Gala Whisky Night


The Gala Committee are running their own whisky night for Burn’s Night.  It takes place in the Kirknewton Pub on Friday 26th January from 7.30pm

Tickets are £10 for 6 x 25ml measures of whisky.

Tickets are available from the Inn, Kirknewton or contact the Gala through their facebook page.


New running group begins 27 January


Michael Crosbie, who runs the Boxcir group in the village, will be starting a running group on Satuday 27th January.
It will be , primarily , aimed at beginner to intermediate runners.
The initial plan is to run, jog, walk or power walk 5 full laps of Kirknewton park on Saturday, Monday and Thursday mornings at approximately 9am.
If interested , just turn up on morning or check out his facebook here


Kirknewton Community Council minutes Dec 2017

The first set of minutes for the new Kirknewton Community Council are now available here.

Minutes will be made available once they are approved – these minutes are from the December meeting that took place on Tuesday 12th December, agreed at the January meeting which took place at the Green Room on Tuesday 9th January

The list of the new Kirknewton Community Council members can be found here..  This is the page you can see all Council minutes in the future.  You can approach them individually or e mail

The December minutes cover PC Alan Murrays crime report and a variety of items the new Community Council hope to get up to speed on in this new year.