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.
The following documents relating to the AGM 2020, which was held in the park on 27th Aug 2020, can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link below:
Report of the Trustees for 2019-20
Financial Summary for 2019-20
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.
We are just changing our site to fit our new logo and look. Hoping this helps develop our community and encourage even more participation in looking after our wonderful park.
At last, some nice weather to appreciate all the new growth. Tete a tete narcissi planted by children from Stockbridge Primary in November are looking great.
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.
The spring bulbs are blooming well already including the ones planted outside The Yard by children from Heriot Hill Nursery.
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
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.
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.