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!

Doors Open Day National Launch: Friday 10th August 2018

NHS Invitation Doors Open Day NHS2

All welcome!  Programme:

11am Arrival.

11.30am Speeches:

Scottish Civic Trust, Director – Susan O’Connor

RIAS Festival of Architecture 2018

Ninewells Community Garden, Therapeutic Garden Facilitator – Sarah Griffiths

VOIGT Architects Limited, Architect of the Leaf Room – Jonathan Reeves

Hostelling Scotland, Youth and Volunteer Engagement Manager – Lois Marshall

Historic Environment Scotland

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Press and Photo Call

12.30pm Light Lunch & Music. (incl. GF, vegan & vegetarian options)

Lunch showcases a selection of delicious and healthy lunch options created by local businesses in Dundee.

Acoustic music by local singer-songwriter Liam Johnston followed by pipe music.

Activities until 3pm.

1pm free Yoga session by Helen Meadows

1.30pm free Zumba session

Take a moment to explore the beautiful garden, poly tunnel, tucked away beehives and say hi to our volunteers.

Other activities engaging with the garden include stone painting, creating plate wraths, mosaics and naming beasties with the rangers will take place throughout the afternoon.

Take a plant home with you! (for a small donation to Ninewells Community Garden)

Thank you for coming, we hope you had a wonderful time!

Come back and visit the garden any time.

The Shed: chapter 3

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Time passes. Seasons come and go. Red and amber warnings are meaningless to a garden. Be it a Beast from the East putin’ icy blasts our way, or that Pest from the West trumpetin’ hot air – the garden remains open.

‘The Grand Opening’ 30th August 2012

It was Holly – the young holm oak who reminded me of that day. For over a year I had been used and abused by those making paths and planting borders. Holly had been plucked from nursery and transported to Ninewells on the pretext of having her roots done. There were more folk than normal in the garden, some even wearing suits. A buzz of anticipation in the air. Was there to be a royal visitor? Lack of fresh paint and no red carpet suggested not. Some said it was the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing. I suppose cabinets do need checking for woodwork and the like…

It was Nico the Surgeon who appeared to say a few words (perhaps telling photographers it was alright to take pictures). With the aid of shiny spade and whilst standing on a piece of artificial turf she scattered earth on Holly’s resting place. So the garden was officially open. I wonder whatever happened to Nico? Still wielding a scalpel perhaps?