what's on Mar-Apr19


Trustee Opportunity

Are you passionate about the benefits that gardens can have on wellbeing?

Would you like to help us develop our garden and activities; ensuring that both visitors and volunteers can benefit from the tranquil surroundings, opportunities to learn and strength of our community?

Ninewells Community Garden is currently looking for new members of the board. We are looking for new members with skills and experience to contribute to the planning and strategic development of the garden as it develops and who have an understanding of the role or therapeutic and community gardens.

Time commitment is generally no more than 3 hours per week, with a monthly evening meeting in Dundee.

We welcome all applications, but would be particularly interested in hearing from people with knowledge and skills in any of the following areas:

  • Fundraising and finance
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Horticultural Therapy

For a full role description or for more information please contact please contact Mary Colvin or Derek Ritchie

NCG Trustee role description


RSPB Nature of Scotland Awards

Hosted by TV presenter, writer and naturalist Kate Humble and BBC Scotland TV and radio presenter and wildlife expert Euan McIlwraith, the RSPB’s Nature of Scotland Awards were celebrated at a prestigious presentation dinner last week.  Co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage, the awards celebrate and recognise the best of conservation in Scotland.

We were absolutely delighted to win the Community Initiative category!  Trustee, Mary Colvin accepted the award on behalf of everyone here at Ninewells Community Garden.  The garden is a sum of all those involved – every seed planted, bird fed or cup of tea shared by the fire counts, so thanks to everyone involved!

A huge congratulations to all the winners, shortlisted projects and to the highly commended Tiree Great Yellow Bumblebee Project and Water of Leith – 30 years.  It gladdens the heart to know there are such great projects out there.  You can read more about the awards here.
If you haven’t yet visited the garden, please do drop by and see for yourself!

Photo credit: Simon Williams

A Year in Ninewells Community Garden

IMG_2302We’re excited to announce a photo competition! We know many of our visitors take beautiful photos of the garden, so we’d like to celebrate these by creating a 2019 garden calendar. To enter, please send us a maximum of 4 high res photos of the garden – plants, animals, weather, people – it’s up to you! The best 12 will be picked to portray the garden throughout the year, with prizes for the best 3 photos.  Copies of the calendar will be available to purchase in December.

Anyone can enter, please send your photos to by 5pm on Sunday 4th November. Please include the entrants age if under 16.

If you are looking for inspiration, check out our new Flickr page! A huge thanks to David Drummond for not only setting up the page, but taking all of the photos in the first place!

Donating tools and time

AfIMG_1363ter a hot and dry July, things are feeling back to normal now, with autumn very much in the air. As we start to tidy the garden and get ready for the longer nights, we have been welcoming new visitors. We have had our annual visits from 3rd year medical students, looking to understand how gardening can support health; 2 teams of volunteers from Brewin Dolphin financial management company who set about our flower beds with great enthusiasm – and of course everyone who visited as part of Doors Open weekend.

We have had a lovely donation of tools from Flymo and McCulloch, a huge thanks for these! Flymo has been established since 1964 and is still situated in its original factory in County Durham. Flymo have continued to be at the forefront of innovations within the garden care industry, making them one of the most trusted gardening brands today. McCulloch has been established since 1943 and offers a complete line of garden products, from lawnmowers and garden tractors to chainsaws and trimmers.

These tools will help hugely with our autumn maintenance and upcoming renovation of our main herbacseous border.  Thank you!