Ayr @ Auchincruive

Based in the historical grounds of the former Scottish Agricultural College in Auchincruive, and is where Gardening Leave started in April 2007. Originally created as a pilot project, Gardening Leave Auchincruive is now our flagship site and houses our ‘Head Shed’ (Head Office).

The veterans who attend come from Combat Stress’ treatment centre, Hollybush House, which is only 8 miles away. A large number of veterans also attend from across the Ayrshire area and beyond. Since 2007, over 300 veterans have attended.

The site itself features the main terrace (shown above) with raised beds, greenhouses, growing space for fruit and vegetables and our poppy collection. Another feature is the Stovehouse, an 84-metre long Victorian greenhouse which is currently being restored. We’ve completed two thirds of the work and need to raise a further £100,000 to finish. Veterans use this indoor space to take part in activities such as woodwork and winter vegetable growing. There is also an opportunity for veterans at Auchincruive to fish on the River Ayr, thanks to the close proximity of the river and Annbank Fishery kindly donating 3 permits.

Our plans for this year include:

  • Complete the Stovehouse
  • Introduce more raised beds to the current poppy area
  • Move poppies to RHC garden in London
  • Develop wildlife area in a new space that has been given to Gardening Leave
  • Develop supplies of produce to sell and pass on to local organisations
  • Develop relationships with the Provost’s eight chosen charities
  • Plant up the border in front of the completed Stovehouse.

 

Contact details

Telephone: 01292 521 444

Email: admin@gardeningleave.org or Contact Us.

Gardening Leave, The Gardens Unit, SAC Auchincruive, Ayr, KA6 5HW

Sessions

Monday–Thursday: 09:30–12:00, 13:00–15:30

Friday: (no sessions)

If you would like to attend this project or volunteer, please contact the Garden Staff:

  • Pamela Smith, Horticultural Therapist
  • Victoria Brown, Assistant Horticultural Therapist & Stovehouse Coordinator
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