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Lord Provost

A celebration of Edinburgh's community champions

The Lord and Lady Provost's Community Garden Party 2016 will take place this week at Lauriston Castle.

Elaine and I are really looking forward to bringing hundreds of Edinburgh people together at the event to recognise them for their crucial contribution to local life.

As Edinburgh's Volunteering Ambassador, I feel passionately that those who make a special contribution to community life through volunteering and charity deserve local recognition for their efforts. 

This will be our third Community Garden Party of its kind and it will be a celebration to recognise those unsung heroes and those people who really are the backbone of Edinburgh. I am extremely grateful to Jayne-Anne Gadhia and everyone at Virgin Money for their continued support and ongoing commitment to the city.

It's going to be the biggest Party yet. Guests will enjoy afternoon tea on the lawn, with live music from local Edinburgh choir group the Aw Blacks, Chinese Opera singers and pipe bands. A collection will be made at the event on behalf of fundraiser Thomas Gilzean, who is unable to attend due to ill health.

We'll have a community dance group perform while the Edinburgh Sketcher will draw live from the event. The Lauriston Castle Living History Group, suitably costumed in Edwardian dress, will also treat guests to tours of the visitor attraction which are open to the public throughout the year.

I've asked local Councillors to nominate community champions from all sides of the city to attend to join those Local Heroes recognised by the Edinbugh Evening News. 

As Edinburgh's Lord Lieutenant, I will present the 'Queen's Award for Voluntary Seervice' to the BIG Project, which supports children and young people in Edinburgh's Broomhouse district. They will be joined by hundrerds of dedicated workers from the city’s third sector, community council members, Edinburgh British Empire Medallists and local philanthropists.

If you're joining us, please share your photos online using #LauristonGardenParty and I'll do the same. You can find a whole host of photos from last year's party on the Council's Flikr page, here

Looking forward to it.


Duddingston Kirk Lunch Club receive Award 2015