COVID 19 Adaptions -March 2020

Due to the current COVID 19 coronavirus situation, We have suspended the group volunteering sessions and we have been advised to close the Leaf Room, Toilet and Poly Tunnel.

The garden itself is open, current guidelines are that non essential travel should not be made, but if you live nearby, are at Ninewells for key worker, or essential reasons, you are welcome to visit and enjoy the calm in the garden. Please continue to follow physical distancing measures if anyone else is in the space, and hand hygiene measures as usual.

The Facilitators, June and Helena, are still available to contact through the contact page here, they will be checking email, and get back to you as soon as possible.

We will be posting on Facebook almost daily, so look out for plant pictures, growing tips and news.

Trustee Opportunity

Do you believe that nature and gardening can have a positive impact 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?

Our award winning Ninewells Community Garden is currently looking for new members for our board of trustees. We are looking for people with skills and experience to contribute to the planning and strategic development of the garden as it develops.

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

Time commitment is generally no more than 3 hours per week, with an evening meeting in Dundee 6 times a year.

For a full role description or for more information please contact please contact Mary Colvin (secretary) mary.colvin@nhs.net or Derek Ritchie (chair) derek.ritchie1@hotmail.co.uk

NCG Trustee role description

 

 

Volunteer Taster Session

Friday 1st June 10.30am-12pm and 1-2.30pm

Have you thought about volunteering, but never taken the first step? Are you interested in contributing to a therapeutic garden that promotes health? Would you like to learn about gardening, but don’t know where to start?

Come along to one of our taster sessions – chat to our volunteers, see the garden and get your hands dirty!  The sessions are relaxed and enjoyable – you can work at your own pace and learn new skills depending on your interests.  No experience is necessary – just an interest in the outdoors / gardening / wildlife.  Refreshments will be provided at the end of each session.

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Our Garden Hero

This year the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens has been running a campaign called  ‘Local Heroes’ as part of their Growing Together (GT) project. The aim is to get more people actively supporting city farms, community gardens and other community growing projects by celebrating the work of unsung heroes volunteering or working in these projects.
The volunteers in the garden have voted and our Local Hero is Brian Matthews!  Brian is the longest running volunteer at Ninewells Community Garden, having been involved for around 5 years.  He is a popular presence in the garden, with time for everyone. No matter what the weather, Brian volunteers 3-4 times a week – feeding the birds, developing new areas of the garden and doing a lot of the dull, but important parts of gardening that make such a difference, but often go unnoticed. His humour, creativity and kindness are appreciated by all and he is a great inspiration and support to many of our group – it’s fair to say that the garden just would not be the same without him.
Thanks for all your hard work Brian – and here’s to the next 5 years!