Our Charitable Aims
Our Charitable aims are:
- The advancement of education,
- The relief of those in need by reasons of age, ill health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage.
We seek to fulfil these aims by:
- Providing opportunities to learn horticultural and craft skills,
- Encouraging volunteering, particularly amongst groups with mental health challenges or who need to keep active,
- Supporting individuals seeking to strengthen their mental and physical health through gardening,
- Providing opportunities for isolated people to get social support.
Our Charity, ‘Growing Matters’ (SCIO SC047568) was registered with OSCR in 2017.
The 25 year lease granted by the Sir David Kinloch Trust has allowed us to plan for a renewal of the garden at Gilmerton over time, whilst exploring different aspects of horticulture.
Mel and David Kinloch
Mel and David have always felt that the garden deserved a future that reflected its historic past and like many gardens of its time, Gilmerton Walled Garden supported a working local community. Their desire was to see the garden once more a vibrant space supporting individuals and contributing to the local community in a positive way. Both are taking an active role in progressing the project as trustees on the board for the garden.
Originally responsible for the planning and creation of the project, June Tainsh, garden designer and former volunteer co-ordinator at nearby Amisfield, was approached by Sir David Kinloch and his partner Mel Pumfrey to look at ways of developing the garden. June designed the garden to reflect many aspects of a traditional walled garden, taking on board influences from other similar projects. She remains a trustee, and we benefit from her ongoing experience as Garden Manager at Helmsley Therapeutic Garden.
Diana Walker, Treasurer
Having been associated with Gilmerton Estate for over 50 years, I am delighted that the garden is being returned to its former glory and in the process is giving help and direction for all the people involved.
Charlie Jacholke, Trustee
I grew up on Gilmerton estate and can remember Gilmerton kitchen garden just at the end of its heyday, the pruned fruit trees along the heated walls and wide beds of vegetables. The greenhouse had a grapevine and was used to grow tomatoes. Sadly time and neglect caught up and it was turned into a field for grain crops and then Christmas trees. It’s so nice to be part of the team bringing new life to the garden so it can be enjoyed by visitors and the volunteers who are working hard to rejuvenate this special place.
Di Simcock, Trustee
I have been secretary to the Trustees since 2018, and a volunteer at the garden since we started in 2016. My background is in art and craft, teaching and mental health advocacy. As an enthusiastic amateur gardener, I take a special interest in the flower garden and enjoy organising craft workshops. In previous years I was a volunteer for the Bumblebee Conservation charity, so all my gardening is done with an emphasis on biodiversity and pollinator-friendly methods. I find it inspiring that we have the opportunity to create a welcoming space in the walled garden for all of nature, ourselves included.