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The Pavilion & Garden

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Better Outdoors

The MAEDT Pavilion and Community garden is situated in Mayfield park in Midlothian. It was born from a redundant bowling green which had lain empty for around 10 years.  For the past 7 years MAEDT has been working hard to transform the garden for community growing and a multi-use space for all ages and abilities. This is further complemented by availability for room hire within the pavilion building that the whole community can enjoy. Progress and change has taken time however, in 2009 a successful funding application to the Scottish Government for Town Centre Regeneration Fund which was administered by Midlothian Council and a further successful application from the Big Lottery enabled improvements to be made to the Pavilion building and outdoor landscape. Improvements undertaken were-

· Double glazing and electric shutters

· Lighting

· Path re-laid from the gate along the front of the pavilion building

· Heating

· Flooring replaced

· Edinburgh Borders Roofing lowered the ceiling and patched the roof


Following the end of lockdown in 2021, we were allowed to work alongside volunteers again to enhance the garden and pavilion. The Pavilion has now adapted 3 activity spaces that local people and organisations can hire to run a range of activities to benefit the people of Mayfield and Easthouses. We have constructed a  large shelter in the garden space that local groups, including children’s groups can hire.

We offer a range of activities ourselves aimed at community engagement. We host a Better Outdoors gardening group twice weekly which you can read more about on the Better Outdoors page where we have shared what we have achieved so far as a community and what we would like to aspire to in the future, Citizens Advice bureau clinics are available weekly between 10am and 3pm (no appointment necessary), litter picks in the local park and a Digital Skills group are also on our weekly programme. A monthly community dig is held in the garden encouraging local people to assist in the continued development of the garden site. The Wheelbeing Hub bike project is also based in the garden which promotes the use of bicycles for all.

To enquire about room hire please email Phil:

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