Suntrap Garden


About the Garden

Suntrap Garden is a 3 acre south facing garden at Gogarbank, Edinburgh.   It was the home of George Boyd Anderson who selected the South facing site as his home and started what is now Suntrap Garden in 1957.  He was a great philanthropist, innovator and keen amateur gardener.  When he died in 1972 he bequeathed the garden to Edinburgh District Council and the National Trust for Scotland.  Oatridge College took over maintenance of the garden from Edinburgh District council in xxx

The garden has excellent teaching and demonstration facilities that include classrooms, potting shed, glasshouses, polythene tunnels, propogation facilities and practical outdoor areas.  There is also a small reference library that can be consulted on request.  Lectures, talks and practical classes are held throughout the year.

In 2001 the garden became a Centre for Life Long Learning.  Suntrap runs courses for groups from a number of days centres for people with learning difficulties, some with particularly complex needs.  It is one of the few places in Scotland to use gardening and horticulture as a therapy, aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of individuals.

A programme of events runs throughout the year at the garden ranging from evening classes, workshops, garden tours and Open Days.  Further information can be obtained by contacting John Smith either by email suntrap@btopenworld.com or by phoning 0131 339 7284 (24 hour answering machine).

Suntrap Garden is run by 5 members of staff.

John Smith who is team leader and in charge of the garden.

Julie Shankland, part time gardener, working  2 days per week.

Gillian Charles, part time gardener, working  3 days per week.

Jeana Gorman, part time admin assistant working for four hours on a Monday and Wednesday.  She is in charge of the short term courses and workshops.

David Milne, Volunteer Co-ordinator.  David works as a technician and lecturer at Oatridge College, helps with the Skills for Work course at the garden and runs the Volunteer programme. If you are interested in volunteering opportunities in the garden contact David on 0131 339 7283.

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