Welcome to Friends of Balgay

Friends of Balgay is a community group formed in 2003. The aim of Friends of Balgay is to enhance and protect the beautiful open spaces of Balgay Park and Hill in order that they can be used and enjoyed by many generations to come.

The Park is an ancient estate situated in the west end of Dundee and has been in public ownership since 1871. Since then it has undergone many changes but it remains essentially a 'People's Park' and is dear to the hearts of local residents.

Friends of Balgay organises regular activities such as litter picks and plantings. It also facilitates initiatives and projects such as gate painting and installation of trail signs and plaques in order to enhance visitor experience.

We hope you will enjoy surfing our website to find out what Balgay Park and Hill have to offer and we hope it will encourage you to visit the park and enjoy its tranquil beauty.

If you are interested in joining Friends of Balgay, please contact by emailing friendsofbalgay@yahoo.co.uk.

The Friends of Balgay Spring Litter pick at Balgay took place on Saturday 29th April - many thanks to all who helped tidy the park!

Some of the team are in the photo below!

The Friends of Balgay Spring 2017 meeting took place at the Mills Observatory on Saturday 20th May 2017.

Clare McInroy, Project Officer covering Tayside for the Scottish Wildlife Trust, gave a really interesting talk on saving the red squirrel across Scotland. You can read more about this work at www.scottishsquirrels.org.uk.

The Friends of Balgay Autumn Meeting & AGM took place on Saturday 29th October at 2pm at the Mills Observatory.

Liz Houghton from the Scottish Wildlife Trust gave a fascinating talk about urban wildlife, complete with a superb photographic presentation.

We were delighted with the great turnout and thank everyone who attended.

Pictured above is part of the group from Friends of Balgay who took part in a guided tour of the Botanic Garden on Monday 2nd August 2016 - it was a very informative and enjoyable visit.

The Friends of Balgay Summer 2016 meeting took place on Saturday 3rd September 2016 in the Mills Observatory.    

Robert Law of the observatory gave a very interesting presentation on the history of the observatory, followed by a tour.

The Friends of Balgay Spring Meeting took place on Saturday 23rd April 2016 in the Mills Observatory.

The guest speaker was Kate Treharne, Dundee's community allotments officer, who spoke about community gardens in the city.

Our 2015 AGM and Autumn Meeting took place on Saturday 31st October 2015 at the Mills Observatory.

The guest speaker was Ken Neil, Red Squirrel Officer for Tayside and Ken gave an informative and interesting talk about red squirrel conservation and his work in the Tayside area in that regard.

At the AGM, the committee was re-elected although Hamish Mackay stood down as Secretary, after years of dedicated service to Friends of Balgay.    Hamish was presented with a gift, in recognition of his great contribution to the work of the Friends.

Summer Meeting 2015 :  The 2015 Summer Meeting of the Friends of Balgay took place on Saturday 22nd August 2015.

There was an informative and really interesting talk by guest speaker Dr Kenneth Baxter of the University of Dundee, who addressed the audience on "Old Dundee."


It was with great sadness that we advised that Dr Hilda Spear passed away on Saturday 10th May 2014.    Hilda was for many years the Chair of the Friends of Balgay and remained very active on the committee.

Hilda did so much for the local community through her work at and campaigning for Balgay Park.   

She is very sadly missed indeed.

Hilda's Obituary appeared in The Herald on 3rd June 2014 and you can read this here.

SPRING MEETING 2015 :  On 19th April 2015, the Friends of Balgay Spring meeting took place, held outdoors on a beautiful afternoon on Balgay Hill.

In addition to an informative talk from Jay Grant from the City Council's Environment Department on the subject of improvements in Greater Balgay, there was the unveiling of a new plaque at Balgay Bridge (kindly funded by the Hugh Fraser Foundation) and a memorial plaque and bench in memory of the late Dr Hilda Spear.    Hilda was for many years the Chair of the Friends of Balgay and passed away a year ago.

Mills Observatory
Situated in at the top of Balgay Hill, entrance to the Observatory is free. To find out more about the Observatory click here.