Unexpected Garden: The Field, Alness - Dandelion
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Unexpected Garden: The Field, Alness

Growing beds with people harvesting lettuce. There is a big outdoor tent in the background.


On an industrial estate in Alness, something surprising gave out new green shoots. Tucked in amongst concrete lots and corrugated buildings, we discovered salad leaves, herbs and flowers growing below the ribs of a polytunnel. This is The Field, a community garden created by arts organisation Fèis Rois, which provides opportunities for people of all ages to participate in traditional music, song and dance, youth group The Place and The Blooming Gardeners, a charity that gives adults with learning disabilities hands-on experience in horticulture. Together, they use natural methods to grow regional foods to harvest, cook and share with both visitors and volunteers – whilst cultivating seeds to recreate the crop year-on-year. People visited, enjoying music workshops, concerts and meals made using the freshest possible ingredients. We discovered broad beans from the Black Isle and tomatoes from Dingwall ripening in special, no-dig vegetable beds – where the soil is left to work its magic undisturbed. With seeds exchanged for produce and shared at the end of the season, it’s a kitchen garden flourishing far into the future.


Dates / Locations

28 Apr - 11 Sep 2022 Unexpected Garden: The Field

The Field,
4 River Cl N,
IV17 0PB
  • Opening Times
  • Monday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
  • Friday 10:00 - 16:00


Emerging Creative Producer:
Haley Shepherd
Musician in Residence:
Liam Ross
Creative Ethnologist:
Mairi McFadyen