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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On Sunday 22nd April 2012 a group of willing volunteers of all ages contributed to National Spring Clean by tackling the accumulated rubbish in the park. As in previous years bagfuls of rubbish were scavanged from the bushes and … Continue reading
We are delighted with the recently formed wood and hardcore steps down into the park from Summerbank. They provide a safe and easily negotiated passage between the two, ergonomically laid out and good to look at. A successful appeal to … Continue reading
As part of National Spring Clean 2012 we will be undertaking a clean up session in the park on Sunday 22nd April at 3pm. Gloves, litterpickers, black bags, Mars Bars etc will be provided and all park users, of whatever … Continue reading
With guidance from Ritchie Fraser, our Community Parks Officer, and following a bumper year of generous subscriptions from members of the Friends, we commissioned Pro Scapes to carry out some planting in bare spaces in the park. Unfortunately for a … Continue reading
All welcome – all ages – on Saturday 26th November at 11am to help plant several thousand snowdrop bulbs. Bulb planting tools will be provided and we should have some pairs of gardening gloves to share out, but bring your … Continue reading
Our partnership with Action for Children in their Inspiring Scotland Challenge project has come to a successful close. For more about the achievements of the young people involved and for the legacy they have left us in the park go … Continue reading