Community Garden


North Edinburgh Grows is NEA’s award-winning garden project.

Our community garden space is a hidden sanctuary in the heart of Muirhouse and is open to everyone. There is a play area, sand pits, gardening plots for groups, homegrown fruit and veg for the Pop-In Café to use and seats and spaces for relaxing.

We run sessions for adults, children and families focusing on horticulture, food production, nature and bio-diversity and the environment, as well as hosting outdoor events, like our annual community barbecue.

Butterfly Project

In 2020 the garden team have been focusing on butterflies, prompted by Artist-in-Residence Natalie Taylor’s work on butterfly conservation. As part of this project, Natalie created a butterfly-friendly living dome, which  is available to view as part of the Virtual Edinburgh’s Doors Open Day. The short film we’ve created offers an insight into this year’s garden activities, including our Butterfly Shrine and our postcard campaign. 

Garden Sessions

Drop-in Garden Sessions (Wednesdays, 3.30pm – 5pm)

starting 15 September

Our Garden Team is running free weekly garden sessions for children aged 7 – 12 years old every Wednesday afternoon (3.30pm – 5pm) up until the Christmas break. Each session will have a different theme, and young people will have an opportunity to explore our Garden, learn about the environment and be creative.

Young people should wear clothing appropriate for outdoor play. The session will take place indoors (at the NEA venue) in case of bad weather.

The Garden sessions are designed for children aged 7 – 12 years old. Children under 7 years old can attend but must be accompanied by a parent/carer.

Volunteering in the Garden

If you’re interested in doing some work in the Garden, please get in touch with our Garden team by emailing

The garden project is currently supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the City of Edinburgh Council, Tesco Bags of Help, and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens.

 Images ©Robin Mair