We have an amazing green space, which is open to the public right at the heart of Bearsden Cross. Our site includes formal gardens and woodland, which slopes down to Bearsden Tennis Club. Our church building is situated on the Roman Fort, which was built as one of the stations on the Antonine wall. To reflect our location, we have recently commissioned a Roman Soldier woodcarving - ‘Maximus’ who now keeps watch over the lower lawn.
The "Our Gardens for the Community Group" is an action group made up of church members. The group works to oversee and support the day to care and maintenance of the gardens, raise the profile of the gardens in the local community, plan future developments and to build partnerships with user groups and other interested parties.
Over the last couple of years we have worked to increase access so that more people from the local community can enjoy the space, tranquility and beauty of our gardens. We have a wide range of user groups who currently benefit. These include the Creatovators monthly play scheme for families affected by autism, Maxholme playgroup, Bumps and Bundles parent and toddler group and Bearsden Primary School. The school children from have particularly enjoyed the outdoor learning opportunities that the gardens have created for them.
Through the support of East Dunbartonshire Council our woodlands benefit from the input of the Mugdock Rangers.
In 2015/16 we were recipients of a grant from Stalled Spaces Scotland which has helped us to transform an under utilised derelict area at the end of the patio into a Quiet Garden, creating a space for reflection and prayer.
Our gardens are an ongoing project and we have plans for further development over the next few years. If you would like to volunteer to support the maintenance of the gardens please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our gardens are open to the public every afternoon between 1 and 5pm.
A Prayer for Our Gardens
Maker of all things
How majestic is your name in all the earth
You are the gardener
You prune, teardown, build, fill and transform us into your image
You are the living water
You forgive, restore and bring life to the ruined and stalled spaces
In our lives
Your plans for us are good
Thank you for this garden
May those who come here find
Joy, laughter and peace
May they know forgiveness and seek the path of justice and reconciliation
Wind of the Spirit blow
Cause righteousness, praise and faith to spring up and take root in this community
Establish it here like a mighty oak tree
Risen Lord Jesus
Spread your fragrance and love through this space
Create moments of transformation and encounter with you