One good thing leads to another

We are delighted to unveil our new logo, by Moorcroft designer Emma Bossons.  Emma’s design perfectly portrays our aim of gardening within a natural setting, providing solace for our volunteers and visitors.  Taking inspiration from our garden mosaic, the central gardener is bounded by the same leaf shape as the Leaf Room roof, and our location amongst trees and nature, particularly our noisy crow neighbours.  Emma has done a beautiful job of bringing together many elements that are important to us.  We are especially happy that the logo was inspired by the mosaic, which in turn was designed by a group of our garden users, led by artists Sarah Gittins and Jonathan Baxter of Dundee Urban Orchard.  A great demonstration of creative process in action!

Founded in 1897 by ceramicist William Moorcroft, W Moorcroft Ltd is one of the last remaining ceramic art companies in Stoke-on-Trent.  New designs are created by a small team of artists including Emma Bossons FRSA. A string of highly successful designs by Emma brought about a phenomenal rise to fame of the designer, who became the youngest female member of the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.  Emma has travelled the world with Moorcroft seeking design inspiration.  An example of her latest design work named ‘Group of Seven’ shown below, was inspired by the paintings of a famous group of contemporary Canadian landscape artists.



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) or Derek Ritchie (chair)

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