We are desperately seeking to recruit new committee members. The park is currently facing years of disruption as construction of a large new mixed development starts up directly on the boundary.
It has never been more in need of the protection of a watchful, alert body of park users.
If you care about the park do think of joining us and taking an active role.
You could be a user of social media and boost the profile of the park.
You could be involved in ongoing interactions with the Council and /or the developers.
Or you could be concerned with daily life in the park, be the parent of a child who plays in the park, a gardener, a litter picker, a dog walker, a picnicker, a nature lover, or just somebody who likes to sit in the sun.
It doesn’t need to be a burdensome role. Tasks can be shared.
More Information will be gladly dispensed by the Secretary, Judy Conn, who is keen to hear from anyone interested.
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Unfortunately, on 17th February 2021 the Council’s Development Management Sub-Committee granted consent by seven votes to four to all three planning applications which are going to affect the the park so adversely – 20/03034/FUL, 20/03655/FUL and 20/03661/CON (all still available for viewing on the City of Edinburgh Council’s planning website).
Planning legislation permits a Council to impose an obligation on developers, in this case Ediston Orion Capital Managers, to compensate a community, in this case the park, for the damaging impact construction of the permitted development may have on the local environment. £48,373.90 is to be allocated for improvements to the park, such as some (sadly minimal it seems) compensatory planting of trees and re-surfacing of paths and £75,055.15 for play park improvements. The Friends will be pressing for full involvement in all discussions between Parks officers and the developers.
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Impact of Coronavirus on Activities in the Park – March 2020
Sadly the Friends of the Park are having to draw in their horns for the foreseeable future, so no gardening sessions or clean-ups are planned. We hope we can pick up tools again in the autumn. In the meantime we urge all park users to take care and keep safe.
Thanks to all the people who joined us on Sunday 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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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The 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.
The cumbersome title assumed by the Friends of King George V and Scotland Yard Parks reflects the fact that the official name of the park is the King George V Park, Eyre Place, whereas locally and unofficially it is known as Scotland Yard. The official name indicates that the western section of the park came into being in the early post war years as a King George V Memorial Playing Field, with the National Playing Fields Association (now Fields in Trust) as its guardian trustees. The local name points to the origins of the eastern section which is the site of the former Scotland Street Goods Yard.
A concerted community effort in the early 1980s led to a complete reconfiguration and regeneration programme being undertaken by the then City of Edinburgh District Council and a derelict space was transformed. However, subsequent years of neglect took their toll and by 2002 the park had become run down once again. At this point a group of concerned local residents formed the Friends, with the aim of working with the City of Edinburgh Council to improve the appearance of the park and the facilities it offered people of all ages.