Join us for more gardening

Please join us for more gardening.  The next two sessions are on 2nd July and 30th July – both at 3pm.

All tools and gloves supplied.  Meet in the park.

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Join us for a wee bit of gardening this Sunday (11 June) at 3pm

Please join us on Sunday afternoon for another short go at gardening.    Since we met last month a group of volunteers from Aecom have done some great work on edges to the paths and in the playground.  The rain has freshened up the plantings a bit and softened up the ground.  We can do a little weeding to keep it all under control.

Also it will be interesting to hear your ideas on what we could improve in the park.

We have tools, so just bring yourselves at 3pm on Sunday 11th June.  We look forward to seeing you them.

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Thanks for your help


Thanks to all the people who joined us on 
KGV - 2Sunday to clear litter and help with a bit of gardening.    As well as a bit of weeding we started on sorting the path edges.  All were agreed that it’s great to see those beautiful setts again.



Our park ranger is working with a corporate volunteer group later this month.

We hope to be back for more in June.  Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.



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Join us on Sunday 7 May for a tidy up and gardening

Twice a year we meet for a hour to pick up some litter in the park.  Please join us if you can on Sunday at 3pm for our spring tidy up.  We are tidying up with the usual litter picking equipment from the council.

We’re also starting a gardening group and this time will tidy up the beds near Logan Street.  We’re hoping this could be a monthly activity, so please join us or email if you are interested.

Tools, gloves, litter pickers, tea and biscuits provided.

Hope to see you on Sunday.

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The spring bulbs are blooming well already including the ones planted outside The Yard by children from Heriot Hill Nursery.



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RBS Planning Application – Ref: 16/05454/PPP

The long awaited planning application for outline consent for development of the RBS owned site bordering the park  to the south, south-west and west, has at last been submitted.  If the proposals receive consent they will have a devastatingly destructive impact on the park’s leafy and unspoilt peace and seclusion, providing as it currently does a precious place of respite from this busy, densely built up part of the city..  The photomontages below, taken from the supporting documents which accompany the application, indicate what could lie ahead. They make for sobering viewing.

16_05454_ppp-22-resident_access-3462446We do urge all lovers of the park to take time to look at the plans and comment. The more of us who do this the greater the impact of our message.


Go to and follow the instructions.

Do ensure that you quote the reference number 16/05454/PPP.

Don’t be too daunted by the number of supporting documents.  Some of the most relevant to the park are:

  •     Residents’ Access (for overall layout of the site, paths and vehicular access)
  •     Planning Statement Part 1 – paras 2.6, 8.63, 8.64, 8.65 and 8.89
  •     Environmental Statements 4,5 and 7 (for photomontages and overshadowing)
  •     Tree Retention
  •      Non Technical Environmental Statement

NB:  It is important to stress that the park does enjoy a measure of protection and that this protection is called into play. The park is included in “New Town Gardens” – A Historic Gardens/Designed Landscapes Inventory site where Edinburgh City Local Plan Policy ENV 7 is applicable to wit: “ Development will not be permitted which would have a detrimental impact on the character of a site recorded in the Inventory …upon important views, from and within the site or upon component features which contribute to its value”.  In the supporting document Planning Statement Part 1 para 8. 89 the developers refute this -”for the purposes of ELCP Policy Env 7 … we do not believe that the proposals would …. have a detrimental impact on the character of [this] Historic Garden and Designed Landscape”  We strongly take issue with this.

There is much detail to consider and as a guide to our likely formal response to the planning application we hope within the next few days to post a draft of it here on the website.  Please keep an eye open for it.  We will also email it to members.

Join in a public discussion of the application at the next meeting of the New Town and Broughton Community Council on 12th December at 7.30 pm in the undercroft of Broughton St Mary’s Church (access by ramp beside the church)

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Are you interested in helping?

We have organised two clean ups per year, usually in the spring and autumn and we will continue to do so.  These usually prove popular and we will continue to organise them.

We have often been asked if we organise any gardening days where local residents help out, so we had a think how we can best help.    We are working with the Park rangers to ensure that any efforts we offer will complement what the council do for us.

If you are interested in helping then please let us know at:

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RSPB Bioblitz on 3 August

King George V Park - 3rd AugustWe’re pleased to let you know that the RSPB have chosen our wee park to do a Bioblitz on 3 August.  It’s fun and free.  see you there.   More details


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Fun Day was fun

KGVP BBQ 2016The fun day in the park went well yesterday.  Fun activities from Calum and team from the council youth service and great bug hunting with the RSPB (who will be back on 3 August).  Lesley and Jacqui from the Friends committee cooked up a great BBQ in initially challenging conditions.  Other friends had a go at removing the recent graffiti on the stone wall, with good success.

KGVP graffiti removal 2016

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Fun day this Monday and free BBQ

Please join us between 2 and 4 pm on Monday 25 July.  Calum from Community Education is running Family Fun in the Park, as he has for the past two years.  It is a free event with lots of great activities and we are providing a free barbecue.  Hope to see you then!

Also a few people have been asking about helping with a bit of gardening in the park.  If you are interested too then please come and hear our plans with wildflower meadows and other wildlife friendly developments.    We will also have the RSPB visiting.  We’re always keen to hear from you.

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