Posted by: bevmeldrum | September 18, 2007

Opportunties To Develop – Inverewe Gardens


I am in the Highlands of Scotland for three weeks and yesterday I visited Inverewe Gardens, near Poolewe. Interestingly, after writing yesterday about the opportunities for charities to develop social enterprises – this charity was a perfect example of that.

The gardens are in the most amazing setting looking over Loch Ewe – it really is the most beautiful spot. They are also the major tourist attraction (as in something you pay to go and see) in the whole area, so there is a great opportunity here to develop a really good destination.

When we arrived and presented our youth hostel card to get the concession rate the lady behind the counter announced that Inverewe Gardens was a charity and needed all the money it can get. I didn’t launch into a rant about the opportunities for developing their income generating activities but I did set myself a challenge – coming up with some ideas for them as to how they could develop their charity and ensure their future sustainability.

What this has resulted in is a case study that I am in the middle of writing up at the moment which looks at what Inverewe Gardens already offers and makes some suggestions based on the examples of some other charities maintaining similar gardens. Once it’s finished I’ll post it up on the blog. 



  1. just read your blog. As I am sure you know, Inverewe gardens is owned and operated by the National Trust for Scotland [NTS]. It is a well run charity making millions of pounds each year – much of it is ploughed back into property development. Over the last few years staff cutbacks have taken place in order to reduce costs. The soil in the gardens is not suitable to grow veg for re-sale. If you are interested in social enterprises then could I point you in the direction of GALE ( or Good for you a local organic growers club that sells on produce to the community. I don’t knock the NTS but they are a massive national body! I prefer seeing growth and assistance to small groups.

  2. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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