Managed by SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health), the service takes its name from the 18th-century wall that surrounds most of the six-acre garden. More than 50 trainees from Edinburgh attend the service to learn horticulture and computer skills while gaining therapeutic and social benefits from working in the garden.
A day of labour and resources was donated by Morrison Construction’s Water business and its subcontractor James Jack Lifting Services, a division of Ainscough Group, to lift and reposition two portable cabins at the garden. Both cabins, one already in use at the garden, were carefully lifted and moved near the 18th-century garden wall.
Team members from Efficient Service Delivery (ESD); a joint venture between Morrison Construction’s parent company Galliford Try, Black & Veatch and Stantec were also in attendance at the crane lift. ESD Head of Safety, Health and Environment Michelle Cranston brought the renovations at the garden to the attention of Morrison Construction colleagues.
The cabins will now be renovated to provide a kitchen and dining space for trainees and staff with views across the garden.
Morrison Construction Water Operation’s Director Steve Slessor said: “As a values-driven business Morrison Construction is committed to giving back to the communities we work in wherever possible.
‘‘Our staff undertake mental health training with SAMH but we learnt about the important services Redhall Walled Garden provide from ESD colleagues who undertook their annual volunteer days here. It is a pleasure to help the staff at the garden progress with these renovations, which we look forward to seeing once completed.’’
Redhall Walled Garden Team Leader Nicola Cole said: ‘‘We would like to thank Morrison Construction for organising this crane lift, as it has allowed us to better support those who attend the service for their mental health. Redhall offers training in horticulture, conservation, maintenance and life skills and this space will help us deliver this in a welcoming and open space.
‘‘Now we can move forward with our renovations, upgrading our facilities to provide the best environment for trainees and staff whilst delivering the best possible mental health services at the garden.’’