“ It’s been really good coming to the gardens – like a break from all the hard experiences in the hospital. I felt treated well and like an equal. It’s been good for my confidence and it’s been fun.”
Arron, Former client
Our Community Gardens grow food, build communities and educate people
We have two Community Gardens that we run in partnership with NHS Lothian - one at the Royal Edinburgh Community Hospital and one at Midlothian Community Hospital. Both gardens are open three days a week and anyone can volunteer there on a drop-in basis.
At the Community Gardens we focus on welcoming people experiencing mental or physical health problems, disadvantage, isolation or poverty. The gardens offer people fantastic opportunities to grow food, socialise and become more active. The garden teams also run regular events, workshops and courses.
Cyrenians also supervise the development and maintenance of the Walled Garden in Dollar Park, Falkirk; in partnership with Falkirk Council’s Criminal Justice services.
Who are the gardens for?
We welcome enquiries from anyone interested in using the Community Gardens. Everyone is welcome, including:
- Visitors: it’s free to come and look round
- Volunteers: adults and accompanied children of all ages and abilities can come and volunteer
- School and community groups: we can organise volunteering days for classes or groups
- Companies: we run tailored corporate team building days (link) for organisations from all sectors
What do the gardens offer?
The Community Gardens offer people a chance to:
- Grow and eat local food
- Learn and develop new skills
- Meet other people and socialise
- Learn about the environment
- Take part in fun team building activities
- Aid their recovery through therapeutic, hands-on green activities
- Keep fit and healthy and become more active
- Spend time in and enjoy a beautiful outdoor space.
How can you get involved?
Contact either of the Community Garden teams to find out more:
Addresses and opening hours
Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens
Midlothian Community Gardens
The Walled Garden Project
The ongoing development and maintenance of the walled garden project is supervised by Cyrenians in partnership with the Falkirk Council Criminal Justice Service to provide placements for Service Users. More information on Cyrenians work with Criminal Justice Services.
Opening times Monday-Saturday 10am-3.30pm