Community Shed

Making and Mending in Muirhouse

Shed Mission Statement:

The Shed is a welcoming, safe space where people living in North Edinburgh can come to make or mend stuff using recycled wood.  We aim to be a fun space where our members can meet new people, learn new skills, and feel supported to realize their creative ambitions.  We believe that when we work together we can achieve almost anything.  Our limitation is our imagination.

New Members Welcome

The Shed is finally welcoming new members to join us after a period of significantly reduced service as a consequence of Covid restrictions.  If you would like to join the Shed then either pop down during our opening hours or email Rik (Shed Manager) on

We request that all members abide by government guidelines with regards to wearing masks, or any other Covid restrictions in place, unless you are exempt.

Currently our opening hours are as follows:

Tuesday 10am – 2pm

Wednesday 10am – 2pm

Thursday 10am – 2pm

Saturday Opening

We are going to run a pilot for 10 weeks to see what kind of demand there is for us to open on a Saturday.

This will be fortnightly from 16th April and will run as follows:

April 16
April 30
May 14
May 28
June 11
June 25

The Shed will be open between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00pm.

If you have ever wanted to try the Shed but due to work commitments or other things this is now your chance.  After the 10 weeks we will review the numbers of people who come, paying particular mind to those who can’t attend during the week. We hope to see you for one of these sessions.

The above video will give you an insight into what the Community is like and what we are about.  This video was made in 2018, when we were funded by the Climate Challenge Fund, which ended in March 2020.  We are currently funded by the Big Lottery and Sir Robert McAlpine.

What is a Community Shed?

The primary focus of the shed is to reuse wood, furniture, tools etc. to enable our members to build things they need for their homes and gardens.  Where possible we try to only use recycled wood.  Indeed 99% or all the wood used in the Shed has been recycled – very occasionally we need to buy wood and when we do we try to buy second hand wood from the Move On project in Granton.  Each year in Scotland we throw away tons of stuff into landfill, including wood and furniture, that should be recycled, reused, mended or made into something completely different and the Community Shed will do its bit to convert this waste into useful and beautiful things.

The Shed is similar to Men’s Shed movement which is gaining popularity across Scotland at the moment.  We are, however, open to anyone regardless of their gender identity.

Here is a short video with a guided tour through the building.

The building in the above video is due for demolition sometime in 2022 and we are going to have to move out of it in the near future.  Our long term future is that we will be housed in the renovated North Edinburgh Arts when the building work is complete in 2023/24. However, we will have to move into temporary accommodation between leaving our current home and moving into the Arts Centre.  This site has not been decided but we will update this page when we know more.

Why develop a Community Shed?

North Edinburgh Arts and Link Up listened to local people who said they wanted a local community shed. Together with community members, both organisations  were successful in getting funding from the Climate Change Fund to set a community shed in North Edinburgh. The Shed is therefore a great example of community development in action, and it proves that when we work together we can achieve great things.

Who can use it?

The Shed is open to anyone aged 16 or over from the North Edinburgh community.

Where is the Shed?

Shed Satellite Image

The Shed is located in the old Co-Op building, and can be accessed from the rear car park at the top of Muirhouse Avenue North. Look for the spray painted sign saying The Shed and follow the arrow. The Shed is wheelchair accessible although we may have to get our ramp out for you.


The Shed is currently funded by the Big Lottery Fund until January 2024.  A big thanks to them for seeing the contribution we make to the community of North Edinburgh and agreeing to support us over the next couple of years.

In August 2021 we were awarded a grant of £3000 by the Robert McApline Trust. A big thanks to them for supporting this project.

Our first two years were funded by the Climate Challenge Fund and we would like to thank them for their support as this really enabled the Shed to grow and develop and begin to have a positive impact on our members’ lives and on our community.

Contact us

If you want to find out more then please contact Rik at North Edinburgh Arts

Call: 0131 315 2151