Guerrilla Gardener remembered

Monday February 27th 2023


Gordon's Globe in the planted bed on Old Edinburgh Road in Dalkeith.

This article has been written by Susan Goldwyre, Dalkeith Guerrilla Gardener

The Dalkeith Guerrilla Gardeners recently commissioned Terry Healy of Edinburgh College Midlothian Campus to create a sculptural piece to mark the community dedicated work of Guerrilla friend Gordon McGhee. Gordon’s Globe is crafted in mild steel with the globe section made from TIG welded Aluminium sections. It has been fixed into the planted bed on Old Edinburgh Road, by Terry and his grandson Aaron.

The Globe was unveiled by Gordon’s wife Rae yesterday with her family in attendance. Friends and guerrilla gardeners also came to support Rae and her family. In all around 50 people attended for this very poignant event.

Gordon was well known in the local community for his relentless litter picking of an area known to locals as “The Globe”. It’s a circular walk which Gordon started at Old Edinburgh Road near his home. He would then head towards Lugton, climb the hill to the King’s Gate, turn onto Melville Gate Road and then onto Gilmerton Road at the entrance to Melville Castle. Take another climb up Melville Road and then navigate the roundabout at The Justinlees. Onto Eskbank Rd and home.

Gordon stopped and chatted to friends along the way. As the bags of litter filled up he left them at the road side and returned later by car to collect the filled bags. With an agreement between Gordon and the Council staff, the bags were then collected from Ramsay Croft Car Park.

Dalkeith Guerrilla Gardeners will continue Gordon’s good work. At every opportunity they will seek to improve the appearance of our Historic town. Weeding, litter picking, planting, painting and even Council bed make-overs by installing new raised beds. The hard work continues. Rae McGhee has become a leading light in the Guerrilla group, tackling the difficult issues and creating the DGG Facebook Group posts.

Gordon would be very proud.

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