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 on 26 and 27 September 2020. 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

Garden Youth Drop in





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

Come hang out with your friends in the NEA Garden to have fun, chill and develop new skills in nature. You’ll learn more abut the enviornment, gardening and outdoor art. All sessions are free, and are suitable for children and young people. 

Family Garden

Garden Family Sessions (Fridays, 1pm – 3pm)

In our socially distanced family sessions, you’ll get to explore our award-winning community garden, learn more about nature and the evironment while having tons of fun! 

Please book your free places by emailing or come and visit the Garden on Fridays between 1pm and 3pm
Please note: places may be limited so booking in advance is advised.

Volunteering in the Garden

If you’re interested in doing some work in the Garden over the summer, 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