Leven man is "Mucking In" for Beechgrove special

The Beechgrove team are in the Mar Policies area of Alloa to kickstart a garden makeover with the Wimpy Park Community Group for a new TV special.
Leven’s Calum Clunie presents the special which is broadcast on SundayLeven’s Calum Clunie presents the special which is broadcast on Sunday
Leven’s Calum Clunie presents the special which is broadcast on Sunday

Over the space of just a few days, the Wimpy Park community with a little help from Beechgrove, transform a neglected walled garden and make it into an accessible space.

At nearly three-acres the site is a challenge that requires everyone to be Mucking In, but the team are determined that the project makes it from design to done.

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Beechgrove: Mucking In is broadcast on BBC One on Sunday (October 31) from 4-5pm as part of BBC Scotland’s COP 26 programming.

New Beechgrove presenter Calum Clunie, from Leven, takes the lead in outlining the project as it takes shape.

His co-presenters are on hand with key advice – Carole Baxter has handy tips about encouraging wildlife, while Kirsty Wilson helps local schoolchildren make bird feeders from recycled material.

George Anderson has great advice for a local grow your own project, while Brian Cunningham has top tips for composting and also talks about planting.

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It is an ambitious project, which aims to create an amphitheatre, a sensory and wild garden, and a meandering path.

More than 100 volunteers take part and the cameras follow the local group as they go to a community garden in Edinburgh’s Granton area for inspiration.

Calum said: “This park is all about growing the community and looking after the environment.”

BBC Scotland’s learning team, The L.A.B., teamed up with Beechgrove: Mucking In and St Mungo’s Primary, to make a short film about the project.

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Pupils were given the chance to have a look round the new space and interview Calum and garden designer Lynn Hill.

Their film will be available to watch at the Learn at BBC Scotland site – www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04yy4wy – from 5pm on Sunday where there are also Bitesize resources available on sustainability and stories about how other young people have been finding ways to save the planet.​​​​​​​

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