Charity Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th December 2023

  • Advertised from 1st November 2023


Come and join us to help run Edinburgh’s Secret Garden!

Nestled at the edge of Duddingston Loch in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, Dr Neil’s Garden – known to many as “Edinburgh’s Secret Garden” - is a special place. Many visitors find it more than a mere garden This tranquil spot is a place of inspiration (artistic, literary, and spiritual) to many and an oasis for meditation and contemplation. The garden - some two and a half acres - was developed by the Drs Andrew and Nancy Neil starting from scratch in 1964 and they transformed it from little more than a barren rough and uncultivated slope into a prize-winning garden with fine examples of cultivation terraces planted with dwarf conifers, shrubs and alpines. The Garden Trust was set up in 1998 as a charitable company limited by guarantee to preserve the Neils’ legacy and maintain and develop the garden for the enjoyment of the general public. Entrance to the garden is free. Within the garden is the historic Thomson’s Tower which houses exhibitions and a small curling museum. The Trust employs a full-time gardener who is assisted by a number of volunteers and there is an active Friends’ Group.

If you have not visited the garden, you can hear our gardener talk about it on BBC Sounds The garden was also featured recently on BBC One “Songs of Praise”. View the programme on

We are looking to recruit a new Trustee to join our existing 8 Trustees who have a mix of skills including legal, financial and health and safety. We would particularly welcome hearing from applicants with a horticultural, fundraising, or marketing and communications background but, enthusiasm, a good sense of humour and the willingness to “muck in” are the most important attributes we are seeking. We meet every 6 – 8 weeks in person in the Garden Room at Duddingston Kirk. We are “very hands on” and, for example, the Trustees are much involved in our fund raising and other garden events.

Application notes

If you would like to chat informally about the role, please email

If you would to be considered, please submit a CV and any other relevant information about yourself by email to prior to the Closing Date on 15th December 2023.