Redhall Walled Garden

Service Type: Employment & Learning

Service Profile

Redhall Walled Garden is a beautiful 18th Century Walled Garden within a 6 acre estate which offers training in horticulture, conservation, maintenance skills, ITC/admin and life skills for people with mental health problems.

The service supports 50-55 service users -who prefer to be called trainees - from within Edinburgh City at any given time.

The service is based on the working week and people who train there do this on a contractual basis. Placements are for a minimum of 3 days per week. People can self-refer to the project but also need a reference from a health professional.

The service aims to promote a safe environment where individuals can learn to deal with the challenges of recovering from enduring mental health problems, encouraging lifestyles which are positive and sustainable and health oriented. As an organic garden we encourage the best conditions for health, working with people to improve their confidence and capability to assist with their recovery.

Trainees at Redhall benefit from the knowledge and experience of a Team Leader, 3 Horticultural instructors, an IT Instructor and an Employment Support Worker.

In the garden the work is incredibly varied depending on the season. In the last few months the trainees have been working on a new design to renovate the front of the Summerhouse, growing fruits and vegetables, pruning fruit trees and daubing clay on to the Roundhouse, to name but a few jobs. We also have a vast array of plants in our nursery for sale to the public all grown by trainees on the premises and competitively priced.

In the IT room trainees can learn basic computing or gain their ECDL Qualification. It is also here that our publicity material is made up by trainees giving them a chance to put their IT skills to the test.

Many people leaving Redhall, have moved on to College, to gain further skills and qualifications. Some have gone into volunteering or employment. And some have returned to their jobs after a period of ill health, hopefully better equipped to manage their mental health with some of the tools they have learnt from their time at Redhall.

Nicola Cole, Team Leader

Redhall Walled Garden is open to the public Monday-Friday 9am-4pm drop by enjoy the garden, purchase plants, compost and woodchip.

For more details please contact

97 Lanark Road,

Edinburgh,EH14 2LZ

(on the 44 bus route) -

Tel: 0131 443 0946

To find out more about Redhall see video on Youtube at

Next Open Day at Redhall Walled Garden:

Razzmatazz Open Day 9th July 2016 12-5pm Fun filled afternoon and our famous cream scones, teas and coffees. Entrance by donation.

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