Our one-acre garden has been designed to provide visitors with an accessible, sheltered sanctuary. Garden features include herbaceous borders; vegetable, sensory and physic gardens; small orchard with wildflowers; picnic areas; wildlife habitats; polytunnel and children’s play areas.
The garden is run by volunteers, with the support of a garden facilitator and is available at all times for public, patients, staff, community groups, and garden volunteers to visit: for picnics, walks and play as well as gardening and a range of other activities throughout the year. If you would like to speak to the volunteers or facilitator, please visit us on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
We have a selection of plants and produce available for sale (by donation), depending on the season - do call by and have a look.
The garden is set within the mature woodland to the south of the hospital, close to Maggie's. This woodland (Arboretum) has many lovely walks - here you will see mature oak, spruce, beech, walnut, pine and many more. There is an abundance of wildlife - look out for buzzards, stoats, woodpeckers and deer.
With funding from Forestry Commission Scotland and the Community Innovation Fund, we ran a two-stage design competition for architectural practices working in Scotland to design and build a Garden Room. The winning design by Jonathan Reeve of Voigt Partnership includes a spacious indoor room, large glass doors that open fully onto a decking area and a wood burning stove to keep us cosy in the winter.
Shona Robison opened the building on the 11th of November 2016 and we now have a beautiful space, providing shelter for visitors and volunteers; for lunch breaks, workshop and meetings - or for simply watching the birds.
The Leaf Room is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, at which time you are most welcome to use the space - to shelter from the weather, eat a packed lunch or browse our library. If you would like to use the Leaf Room for a meeting or activity, please get in touch.
Who we are
Ninewells Community Garden is a volunteer-led project and is managed by its trustees who share a passion for gardening and believe in the therapeutic benefits to promote physical and mental wellbeing. Our current trustees are:
Dr Derek Ritchie (Chair): Retired, 30 years in General Medical Practice. Particularly interested in how gardening and gardens can benefit the health of the community in a holistic manner.
James Doig (Treasurer): Retired chartered engineer with 35 years experience in manufacturing industry with roles in industrial engineering and business management. Jim, a novice beekeeper, is passionate about conservation of the natural world, and can regularly be seen working in the Community Garden, along with his faithful companion Ruaraidh the Labrador dog.
Mary Colvin (Secretary): Senior Health Improvement Practitioner for NHS Tayside.
Dr Elaine Lowe: Retired as an Associate Specialist after 32 years in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Ninewells Hospital. Keen gardener particularly enjoying growing from seed and propagating plants for the herbaceous border.
Malcolm Ross: Grounds & Maintenance Manager, NHS Tayside.
Laura Robertson: Experience in working with young people and children with support needs. Laura is also a member of her school fundraising committee and works in a local cafe.
Liz Watson: Liz has worked for more than 20 years in voluntary sector organisations of all sizes, in a variety of roles from Development Worker and Policy Officer to Chief Executive and Board member.
Rodney Mountain ENT head and neck surgeon. As a lead for Healthcare Design & Innovation in NHS Tayside Rod likes to explore how service design can improve the design and delivery of health services. He is particularly interested in linking the indoor environment with the outdoor for the benefit of patients and staff.
Dave Drummond is a familiar face, being an established volunteer and valuable contributor to the garden for some time. Dave has served on many committees and is experienced in delivering workshops to different groups and he enjoys bringing people together with a common purpose.
Our full-time garden facilitator, Sarah Griffiths has worked with a number of horticulture and community garden projects such as Barnardo’s Growing Up Project, the University of St Andrews’ Edible Campus, and Dighty Connect. Sarah is on site 3 days a week to support our volunteers and oversee the day-to-day running of the garden. Most importantly we have a rich and diverse team of volunteers who look after the garden, the wildlife and help run workshops and events - without the support of volunteers the garden would not be able to function!
(C) Ninewells community garden 2017 - Registered charity (SCIO) SC044580