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 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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
We’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
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 … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Our AGM will be on Tuesday 10th May at 6.30 pm in the solar dome in The Yard . Please enter via the main entrance to The Yard in Eyre Place Land. All welcome.
Below is the response of the committee to the latest and final stage of the consultation process. The formal application for Planning Permission in Principle is expected to be lodged sometime in April. Depending on where you live you may receive … Continue reading
Please do visit the excellent “Hold Me Dear” exhibition More information on the HERE + NOW website
You may have heard about the upcoming Hold Me Dear: Four Cities, [Extra]Ordinary Places photography exhibition taking place in the Rodney St tunnel next to King George V Park in Canonmills, Edinburgh as part of City Link Festival. This co-created … Continue reading
A former railway tunnel will be given a new lease of life this September, becoming home to an open air public art exhibition of work by local Edinburgh residents. From 24th September, a month long outdoor photography exhibition will open … Continue reading