Hope 2 Oban

Green Shoots  Walled Garden Project

" cultivating community by growing friendships, gifts and skills.”

The Walled Garden sits within the beautiful Glencruitten Estate, surrounded by forest and steeped in history. Discussions began with the owner David James two years before its actual opening, to bring new life into the old garden and begin a new chapter in the garden’s story. The desire was to create a space for the community to come together and provide an opportunity to build on the partnerships already established by the relational youth work of H2O, and make fresh ones. The aim of Green Shoots is to provide a space to develop skills and experience the many benefits associated with being outside, meeting people, growing fruit and vegetables and eating locally grown, healthy produce. By doing this we can meet people’s needs, build relationships and share God’s love in a practical way.

John and Catriona Petit came up to Oban for the summer and autumn of 2013 and along with a team of volunteers from local churches cleared the garden. Following a feasibility study the project became a 2 year pilot. Catriona and John moved in December 2013 and live in a cottage next to the garden. Following some hard graft, nurturing and patience the garden became to take shape and was started in April 2014 and officially launched in August 2014.

The garden currently benefits on a regular basis from a number of volunteers with a huge range of backgrounds and from a variety of groups including local schools, a young carers group and the Dementia Society.

It is a garden for all so if you have ideas or would like to use the garden then please get in touch. The future of the garden is immensely exciting and we would for you to be part of it. Your time, skill and prayers would all be much appreciated.


“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” Ezekiel 47:12