Welcome to the Lost Garden of Penicuik

The Lost Garden of Penicuik is a community project to restore the Upper Walled Garden of the Penicuik House Estate in Midlothian, Scotland. The garden was originally created around 1877 and was a productive vegetable, fruit and flower garden for many years. About 50 years ago it fell into disuse.dark pink flower

The Penicuik Community Development Trust took a long lease of the Garden in February 2012 and the objective is to restore the old buildings and to return the garden to health and productivity.

julias kids and onionsLocal people and many others from different corners of the world have worked hard in the garden since 2012 and made lots of progress.

Learn more about the aims, objectives and principles of the project here. A more detailed history of the Garden can be found at www.lostgarden.co.uk/storybook.

Guided tours and open working days are held on the FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH. The tours leave the Carlops Road car park (EH26 9LA) at 2.00 pm.


If you would like to start work without more ado, come along to the garden in old clothes and boots any time between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm on the first Sunday of the month and somebody will be happy to show you the ropes. Alternatively, please contact info@lostgarden.org.uk or phone Jane or Roger Kelly on 01968 677854 to confirm other times when people will be working.


The Lost Garden of Penicuik is very grateful to Tesco and its customers for a grant of £1000 towards its Restoration Fund, awarded through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme. www.tesco.com/carrier-bags/

We are currently trying to raise £2900 to create a detailed list of all the work required to restore the buildings and walls. This is the next step in the process of restoring our large Victorian Walled Garden to its former glory.

You can donate to our Restoration Fund online. Please visit and donate if you wish.

Visit our charity page on BT MyDonate


Monica Nelson’s delightful, illustrated little book, ” The Cuckoo Calls” which recalls her childhood at the Lost Garden has  been published and is available for £15 a copy at Pen-y-Coe Press.
 Page last updated by RR: 23rd November 2017