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Duddingston Kirk, Edinburgh

Sunday Services are at 10.30 am

Wednesday Stillness Services are at 10 am

Glebe Project

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.

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.

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.


Dr Neil’s Garden will be closed from Monday 21 October 2019 to Thursday 5 March 2020.

During this time some large-scale necessary maintenance will be carried out in the Garden. The Garden may be available for special appointments by arrangement.

Please email for more information.