By 2010 the Vine Trust had outgrown its home in Port Seton, Edinburgh and had a vision for a new and imaginative UK base which would also become a Centre for Global Citizenship; playing a key part in the Trust’s growing work with schools.
Thanks to the support and sponsorship from Forth Ports, Archial Architects, Studioarc and many other organisations; the Trust embarked on a two year journey which came to fruition in September 2011 when the Vine Trust Barge was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal.
In pictures: The Vine Trust Barge - Centre for Global Citizenship
Originally an MOD barge, it was brought to Leith docks where the Vine Trust special project’s team, headed by Raymond Kelly began work on the remodelling of the barge to Archial Architects’ design.
Much of the funding and materials were provided by businesses, keen to associate themselves with the project. We wish to thank all our sponsors, work teams and volunteers for all their hard work in creating this major new community space as well as heralding a new era for the Vine Trust, providing the opportunity for expansion of its programs.
As the new HQ of the Vine Trust and a Centre for Global Citizenship, the barge offers a range of on-board facilities that include; an education resource area, a cinema room, a multi-purpose meeting space, board room and offices. It has become a focal point for our UK based work with training and events hosted for supporters and volunteers, while our education space and resources have been fully utilised by local schools. For more information about the Vine Trust’s work with schools, please visit our education pages.
While the barge has been enjoyed by volunteers and staff alike, it has also received critical acclaim; receiving an architectural GIA award for design.
Barge for Hire
We are immensely grateful to all our sponsors.