History of Midstocket Garden

Midstocket Church Aberdeen

History of Bible Garden

In 2005 a union was established between Beechgrove and St Ninian’s Churches, in Aberdeen with the St Ninian’s building being retained as the place of worship. The name ‘Midstocket Parish Church’ was adopted.

During the years 2010-14, substantial structural changes were made to the Sanctuary and other facilities. In 2014 the Rev John Chalmers, a former Moderator of the Church of Scotland, encouraged us to use our redeveloped facilities for the wider community. The suggestion for a Biblical Garden arose in 2016 as part of a master-plan for the long-term enhancement of the Church premises and its role within the community.

The reasons for the initiative were:

• To create a new community facility.

• To make the Church grounds more accessible

• To provide a small area for quiet contemplation in the heart of the community.

• To provide an educational facility

• To extend our links with schools, young people and youth groups.

• To have a garden that encourages us to develop our understanding of the stories of the Bible.

An enthusiastic group of members has started work on the design and layout of the garden and Jim McColl, recently retired from his television Beechgrove Garden work, has joined the team to advise on the Bible Garden Project.

The collection of plants is primarily but not exclusively drawn from the area of the Holy Land. In the climatic conditions of Europe the cultivation of some middle eastern plants is not possible and some biblical plants are replaced with related species of similar appearance or original species grown in containers.