Growing Matters is a registered charity operating from Gilmerton House Kitchen Garden providing therapeutic horticulture and  educational opportunities for our volunteers in a historic walled garden setting

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The walled garden at Gilmerton House has lain in some disrepair since the early 1950s when vegetables and fruit were grown to supply the family and guests at the house.  At that stage the garden supported many families through the employment of many full time gardeners - we now wish to restore the walled garden to a working kitchen garden relevant to the 21st century.  Our charity, Growing Matters, operates from the garden, supporting and training our volunteers in a range of garden activities.

Our aim is to increase learning and knowledge through the provision of vocational horticultural courses and the sharing of traditional skills appropriate to working in a walled garden.  We look to maintain and protect physical and mental well being by encouraging volunteering in a peaceful outdoor environment, encouraging individuals to build confidence and learn new skills.

Through the processing and selling of a range of traditional garden produce we can promote the project, support the charitable aims of Growing Matters and allow our volunteers to participate in activities that will further enhance their volunteering experience.  As the garden develops we will be growing a wide range of soft fruits, flowers, decorative shrubs and willow to sustain a small product range that enhances and gives relevance to the work carried out in the garden.

'Growing Matters -

therapeutic horticulture  at Gilmerton House Kitchen Garden'

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''to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow''

Audrey Hepburn