Growing in a greenspace near you
On the 22nd October 2016 DUO celebrated its first city-wide Community Harvest at the University of Dundee Botanic Garden, one of our orchard sites.* With contributions from our 25 orchard groups, alongside dancers, musicians, storytellers, and Qi-Gong practitioners, we had a wonderful day – as did the rain!
As a lead-in to the Community Harvest DUO organised a series of art, dance and storytelling workshops. These took place during the October half-term. The workshops explored different facets of the Orchard City. For example, in the art workshops we made two carnival dragons inspired by Dundee’s Coat of Arms. We wanted to wake up Dundee’s dragons to breathe fire into the belly of the city! The dragons are the Dragons of Social Justice and Environmental Justice – the twin fires that animate DUO.
As well as creating the dragons, DUO worked with the storyteller Owen Pilgrim to create a story for the Orchard City. We ran two story-gathering events and the story – in its current form – was shared at the Community Harvest. (We’ll be adding an audio file to this website in due course.)
We also worked with the dancers Joan Cleville and Solène Weinachter (formerly of Scottish Dance Theatre) to create a community dance for the Orchard City. Joan and Solène worked with participants from the The Space, Gowrie Care, and the wider DUO community to create a wild finale for the Community Harvest.
Dudhope Multicultural Centre – another DUO orchard group – were also out in force at the Community Harvest. The Bharatiya Ashram Arts Project shared their unique combination of classical Indian and contemporary dance, and Gordon Connor and the Chinese community led us in Qi-Gong.
Haystack Monolith and Sonny Carntyne also provided wonderful music and song for the Community Harvest. And the stallholders, speakers, DUO exhibition, and apple pressers ensured that there was plenty of knowledge shared, imagination sprung and juice drunk!
We also planted a final plum tree in the Botanic Garden orchard with the help of our primary suppliers of fruit trees and all things orchard related, Andrew and Margaret Lear.
Next year promises to be another year of abundant harvest and community sharing. If you’d like to get involved or find out more before the 2017 programme is made public, we’d be happy to hear from you.
*University of Dundee Botanic Garden are part of the Dundee Urban Orchard network. They have a fabulous orchard and growing space. To find out more contact them via their website.
Thanks to the other stallholders and speakers for contributing to the event: Dundee City Council Neighbourhood Services, Dundee Botanic Garden Coffee Shop, Dundee Science Centre, Ninewells Community Garden, One World Centre, British Science Association (Tayside and Fife Branch), and Tayside Biodiversity Partnership.