Ongoing work

Ongoing projects (during 2019)

in the Bible Garden


Ryan Mason's (a 9–year old pupil from Mile End Primary School) letter

Ryan's letter .pdf

QR Codes” and the Midstocket Bible Garden

Normally when you visit a formal garden, you will see a small notice beside each plant giving you its popular name – and sometimes its formal botanical name. However, for our Midstocket Bible Garden we need more information. In addition to the name of the plant, we want to show where it appears in the Bible, why it appears there and what the story is about.

This is far too much information to put on a plant name tag. To give you the whole story about the plant, we are experimenting with QR codes. “QR” stands for “Quick Response”.

You will almost certainly have seen them around on a range of items including on packaging and on notices on buildings. On our plant name tags, we will put QR codes.

Herb Garden

A herb garden is to be built on the grassy area alongside Harcourt Road. The herbs will be sown in a planter in the shape of a cross as shown in the sketch. The cross will be 4.8 metres long, 3.4 metres wide and the current intention is that that the shape be constructed using new ‘railway sleepers’ to create a rustic appearance. If there are sufficient funds, the planter will be built up to a height of about 0.8 metres – high enough so that it will not be necessary to have to kneel on the ground to touch and smell the herbs. Herbs to be planted will be selected from a list that includes dill, mustard, coriander, mint, sage, parsley, dill, garlic and leeks. Larger plants such as fennel and bay-leaf will be planted elsewhere.

We will get some sleepers in the next few weeks. They will be 200mm x 100mm cross-section and 2.4 metres long. They will have to be cut into various lengths. Does anyone have a professional saw unit that could be used? ...Or know of anyone who could help?

Bulbs and tree Planting

On 10th October 2019, spring bulbs were planted in the grass that borders Harcourt Road. Councillor William (Bill) Cormie, one of the Councillors representing our Midstocket/Rosemount Ward, organised a bulb planting event as part of our Garden initiative. Bill, along with pupils of Mile-End School, School support staff, Church members and Aberdeen Council helpers, spent the morning digging holes and planting thousands of crocus bulbs.

On 3rd February 2020 Rev Tanya Webster planted a new apple tree in the area outside the Garden lounge - a Malum M27. Though the forbidden fruit of Eden in the Book of Genesis is never identified, popular Christian tradition has held that it was an apple that Eve coaxed Adam to share with her. Over the years, in the story of Adam and Eve, the apple has become a symbol for knowledge, immortality, temptation, the fall of man into sin, and even sin itself.

Design of recreational areas

A major consideration was that the garden be made available to all and that the Church grounds be made accessible. A key element of this objective is to provide areas for quiet contemplation in the heart of the community. Planning is under way.