Horticultural Project


The Made in Tain Story

Made In Tain arose out of a need to provide local supported employment opportunities for school leavers who face barriers to the job market, in any form – physical, mental, social, emotional, learning disability etc. We are both a social enterprise and a learning organisation, set up by and for local young people with support needs. Our aim is to enable them to develop skills for work and life within our local community. We offer both student placements to young people and volunteering opportunities to others who value the opportunity to become involved. We provide young people with a place to belong at Made in Tain; working with their friends and making new ones along the way, they have a chance to build their confidence and their abilities.

We are partly funded by the Highland Council and The Robertson Trust; we raise money from sales at our shop on Tain High Street and we work in partnership with Tain Royal Academy, Dornoch Academy, Golspie High and St Duthus Special School. Made in Tain is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation – SC043549

The Made in Tain Shop – in Tain

We began as a school classroom project that was so well supported by the local community that we were able to expand and become independent. We have now had a shop in Tain for over four years (on the High Street – near the Opticians), and we would love you to call in. We provide a wide range of products that are mostly made in our shop, including hand-made scented candles, soaps, greetings cards, sewn items and other lovely gifts, both ethical and local.

The Made in Tain Garden at September Cottage in Edderton

September Cottage Garden – 16 08 2017

We have from the beginning, been keen to offer outdoor work as well as the manufacturing and shop side. We are convinced of the health and wellbeing benefits of gardening, physical work and being outdoors, as well as widening the opportunities for training placements and volunteering. Over the last two years, our students have been clearing and developing an overgrown area at September Cottage in Edderton, and during this last year a polytunnel has been erected there. September Cottage can be found on School Brae and is the third house on the left going south from the crossroad junction on the A836. The polytunnel started trading in February this year, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.00am until 4.00pm. Jean Richardson, our very experienced horticultural therapist, manages the garden.

September Cottage’s Polytunnel – 16 08 2017
Inside September Cottage’s Polytunnel – 16 08 2017

We are very keen to make links with the local community, and everyone is most welcome to pop in and say hello. Jean has an extensive knowledge of horticulture and many years of gardening experience that she loves to share. Plants, cut flowers, vegetables and fruit in season, and eggs are sold from the garden or at the Made in Tain shop. We have a strong ethos of recycling wherever possible so any donations of plant pots, seed trays or other garden related items are most welcome, and these can be left outside the gate to the garden.

Davy and Jan Maclellan, September Cottage, Edderton



Shop – 01862 892 221

17th October 2017