The Hidden Gardens – a jewel tucked behind the Tramway

Glasgow’s beautiful gardens dedicated to peace and nature

The Hidden Gardens is on a mission to create a common ground for all of Scotland’s communities to come together.

The Hidden Gardens is Scotland’s first sanctuary garden dedicated to peace and stands as a permanent reminder that Glasgow and much of the UK were deeply opposed to the Iraq war.

Just a short train from Glasgow city centre – (Glasgow Central to Pollokshaws East station) – and you will get to the Hidden Gardens, a jewel tucked behind the Tramway.

The Hidden Gardens exists to promote understanding between people of all cultures, faiths and backgrounds and celebrates the universal spirit of nature.

It is a place of learning and exchange; a place where people can come together and share stories, skills and histories.

We spoke to Grace, the Hidden Gardens’ Community Programme and Audience Development Manager. Grace showed us around the gardens and spoke about the symbolic Ginkgo tree situated in the centre of the gardens as well as giving a teaser of the fascinating project which will be taking part in the launch of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland.

Our Opening Day this year for the festival is hosted in partnership with our friends at The Hidden Gardens.

We will also be joined by Gardner and Gardner, Nest a While, Who is? Project Who Are They? Who Are We?, Glasgow Women’s Library, Paria Goodarzi and Early Learning Workshop.

Mark the date in your diary and do not miss the fun. Saturday 16 June 12:00 – 17:00

Learn more about the opening day by clicking here


Welcome to Refugee Festival Scotland 2018

Welcome to Refugee Festival Scotland 2018!

On this page we’ll be sharing stories from the people who make Refugee Festival Scotland such a unique and special event. Over the next few weeks we’ll share stories from some of the many refugee-led community groups around the country as well as some of the organisations, performers and audiences taking part in the festival. We believe these stories show off Scotland at its best; friendly, welcoming and full of colour and creativity.

To get things started, here’s a quick word of welcome from Scottish Refugee Council’s Chief Executive, Sabir Zazai: