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.
Category Archives: News
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 … Continue reading
We are very pleased that the park was awarded a Green Flag this year. Here is a photo of the flagpole! You can vote for us as your favourite Green Flag park if you want before 30 September.
We’re pleased the task force have started on improvements including the wildflower bed. We look forward to a blaze of colour by the tunnel in a few weeks time!
We are planning to do some gardening soon. The plan is Saturday 24th November at 10am, when we hope to add some new shrubs in the bed by Logan Street and to plant some bluebells that the Council have … Continue reading
We enjoyed planting 6000 snowdrops on Saturday. Thank you to all, including the young helpers and Jen, our local ranger, who made it all possible. Please keep an eye out for them at the end of winter on the … 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