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The Hebridean Community Garden is a new horticultural project on the Isle of Lewis. It is managed by Galson Estate Trust and Clan Macquarrie Community Centre, where the main garden is situated. 


We provide a beautiful and sustainable green space for the North Lewis community. Our project includes a sensory garden, three polycrubs, extensive raised beds, a working shed, drystone walls and an outdoor classroom for environmental education.  


Our project runs a variety of gardening classes and open days and we work together with Plòigh and Dùthchas to support the wider conservation and education within our community. 


Our vision is for an innovative community garden that provides a place for reflection and healing, with a focus on fostering the next generation of island gardeners through skills development. 


The garden is generously supported by the following organisations – National Lottery, Island Communities Fund, Healthy Islands Fund, The Finnis Scott Foundation, Scottish Salmon Company, Tesco, CalMac Community Fund, Scotland Loves Local, Western Isles Development Trust and CNES – The Crown Estate.  


If you’d like to get involved in The Hebridean Community Garden or join our mailing list please drop us an email here:

Christopher Smail

Project Manager

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Community gardens can provide innumerable benefits to the populations that they serve. The mental and physical gains that people can obtain by gardening in a social setting are now well-documented through academic research, as well as the everyday experiences of community gardeners. We want to harness this by building a sensory garden as part of this initiative. This will be full of plants that bear wonderful scents and attract the eye with beautiful colours in order to stimulate – rosemary, lemon balm, fragrant roses and pelargoniums, for example. 


Green spaces are now more important to our mental and physical health and wellbeing than ever before. Our vision is for a well-maintained community garden that provides a place for reflection and healing, with a vibrant collection of native plants to support local wildlife and a versatile range of growing spaces to encourage different needs within the Galson Estate community.  

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