V&A Dundee

Community Garden

  • Dates

  • Open 24 hours, daily

  • Slessor Gardens, opposite V&A Dundee

  • Free

A creative piece of co-design in the heart of the city.

Design is as much about the process of creating something as it is the finished result. That process has a wide range of benefits; bringing people together, sharing ideas and becoming involved in their local communities. This garden was created through a process aimed at exploring how design can have a positive impact on one’s health and wellbeing.

Opened in September 2017, the garden is 100 square metre plot in the south-western corner of Slessor Gardens and is the result of a creative co-design process that involved local people in every aspect of the design process. This involved analysing the challenges of the site, to exploring precedents in the city, identifying themes and developing 2D and 3D solutions through sketching collage and model-making.

The co-design team was supported by design studio kennedytwaddle, professional designer Linsey McIntosh and landscape architect, Glen Macfarlane. Dozens of local volunteers also got involved in the project after responding to a public appeal. The build was supported by Careys PLC while Paul Lawn of Gardenscape helped coordinate the volunteers and planting, and is involved in the ongoing maintenance programmme.

This project directly involved local people in shaping their changing city. The garden has been designed to be a welcoming space for Dundonians and visitors alike to use as an extension of V&A Dundee, providing a space for outdoor talks, workshops and events, and a link back to the city.

This project would not have been possible without the Rank Foundation and the players of People’s Postcode Lottery to whom we are very grateful for their confidence and ongoing support.

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