greenyonder tours

greenyonder educational services

visit to Grove Community Garden

Greenyonder's knowledge of Edinburgh's green space, traditional and community gardens, plants and social history is a great resource for schools, colleges, professional development and informal adult education.

All walking tours in our tours 2019 programme can be tailored for educational or in-service bookings. For example, recent bookings have included -

Better Start Blackpool In autumn 2017, Jean led a two-day tour of community gardens and under-fives outdoor play centres for a study tour of staff and volunteers from Blackpool Better Start.

Adult Education Walks In spring 2017, Jean led a series of five walks on 'Green City Spaces' for Edinburgh Council's Adult Education Programme.Taken together, the walks tell a social history of the city, as well as bringing you right up-to-date with what’s happening around Edinburgh’s community gardens and green space today.


Green Space Walks looking at current topics such as health and well-being, growing food in the city, and the politics and history of green space.


'Children's Gardens in the Dark Places of the Old Town' Inspired by children's gardens created in the Old Town slums at the beginning of the 20th century by the Free Kindergarten Movement and by Patrick Geddes, Jean has carried out original research which she can share in a walking tour specially tailored to your group's own interests. Recent bookings have included Edinburgh Art Festival and the Care Commission.

Community Gardens Ormiston Grows, a community garden project in East Lothian, took an adapted version of Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile, visiting lots of gardens to collect ideas for the design of a new social seating area in their productive community garden.

Edinburgh's (other) Hidden Gardens In summer 2015, Jean led a series of six gentle walks to hidden gardens in different parts of Edinburgh for a group of carers who meet socially through the Eric Liddell Centre.

English language Jean is a qualified English language teacher. A Greenyonder tour is a great way for students of English to extend and improve their language while visiting beautiful green spaces in the city centre.

Please ask and we will try to meet your needs.

"I just wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you for being such a fantastic tour guide. Our two-day trip to Edinburgh was wonderful. We learnt so much and have gone home a team of very inspired and enthusiastic people. Thank you so much from all of us." Sarah, Better Start Blackpool

"I did not know there were so many areas of peace and beauty so close to main streets. The tour was enhanced by your knowledge of the subject and your love of these hidden gardens came through in your very professional presentation." Norrie, on the Woodland Trust's VisitWoods group

"I really enjoyed the walk today. It is only sitting reflecting on everything that I realise just how much I learned and how much you squeezed in to the walk." Sandra, adult education course

updated 2 January 2019