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Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh

Services: Sundays 10.30 am, Wednesdays 10 am

Numbers are limited – advance booking essential

Glebe Project

Opening of the Glebe, Manse Gardens and Dr Neil’s Garden

The Kirk’s grounds are open on a limited basis, as follows.

Opening times

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays: 10 am to 2 pm

Please note that:

The Glebe Project

As an extension of our ministry, we have been developing the Glebe.

The Duddingston Glebe was traditionally the field where the minister could tether his horse and grow crops to augment his meagre stipend. Today our Glebe encompasses Dr Neil’s Garden and a four-acre field between the church garden and Duddingston Loch.

It is the vision of the Kirk Session to extend our base for mission out of our buildings and into this land. And, just like the Bible gardens of old, for us to have a place where people can encounter God in new ways.

Lizz Spence became our Glebe Project Worker in January 2016. She works alongside many volunteers at Duddingston to realise our vision. If you’d like to volunteer to help with this project, please contact Lizz .

We brought in an old tractor to plough the land ready for cultivation and we’ve started growing plants for sale. Progress in other areas of the Glebe Project: we now have a Peace Garden and have started planting a hedge.

Jock Tamson’s Gairden

In September 2020 part of the project became a separate trust: Jock Tamson's Gairden. Information is available on their website here.

A Place of Peace

In April 2019 the Peace Path was officially opened by Tommy Sheppard mp.
It was created by pupils from Duddingston and Parson’s Green Primary Schools along with Glebe volunteers and other workers. All are welcome to visit the peace path and make a commitment to live a life which promotes peace.

A Place for Refreshment(s)

The Garden Room opened in March 2016 in the Millar Hall as part of the Glebe Project.
It is a popular refreshment stop for visitors to Duddingston in the summer months.

Fruit and Vegetables, Flowers and Trees

Since its beginning, the Glebe Project has enable the ground to be cultivated. A number of charities and other groups work in the Glebe and grow fruit, vegetables and flowers.

There are also trees, many of which are were planted to commemorate a person or organisation.

The laden Communion Table was at the centre of our Harvest 2018 display – everything on it had been grown in the Glebe.

Dr Neil’s Garden

In 1963, Drs Andrew and Nancy Neil started work developing a garden in a steep, rocky and overgrown part of the Glebe. They transformed it into an award-winning garden and the work they began has now been taken over by a trust.

The garden includes Thomson’s Tower and the Museum of Curling.

Visit  the Dr Neil’s Garden Trust website to find out more.