About the Friends
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.
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The Friends’ AGM will take place using Zoom at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th September. All are welcome to attend. If you wish to do so, in order to be sent a link to the meeting, please let the Secretary know … Continue reading
We can confirm that we will be holding (much needed) gardening/weeding sessions in the Park on Sunday 15th August and Sun 5th Sept, both at 3pm. We’ll supply hand sanitiser and disposable gloves. We have forks, hand-forks, trowels, brushes etc, … Continue reading
Ticks have been reported in the park. Their numbers are increasing throughout the UK and they are now prevalent in city parks including, it would seem, this one. They are ineradicable and sadly it looks as though we will have … Continue reading
Weeding session on Sunday 18th July at 3pm. We will provide hand sanitiser and disposable gloves, forks, hand forks and trowels (all sanitised) and disposable gloves; but ideally, if you have your own tools and gloves bring them with you. … Continue reading
Developers Ediston have lodged another planning application for the site bordering the park. They propose constructing flats instead of a hotel on the one of the Dundas Street stretches of the site. All told, if this application receives consent, a … Continue reading
APPEAL 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 … Continue reading
Unfortunately, on 17th February 2021 the Council’s DevelopmentManagement Sub-Committee granted consent by seven votes to four to allthree planning applications which are going to affect the the park soadversely – 20/03034/FUL, 20/03655/FUL and 20/03661/CON (all stillavailable for viewing on the … Continue reading
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: Agenda Report of the Trustees for 2019-20 Financial Summary for 2019-20