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 RBS has submitted an amended application for Planning Permission in Principle for a mixed use development on Dundas Street, Fettes Row and Royal Crescent. Included is a proposal to build four x four storey blocks of flats in Royal … Continue reading
Please join us for more gardening. The next two sessions are on 2nd July and 30th July – both at 3pm. All tools and gloves supplied. Meet in the park.
Please join us on Sunday afternoon for another short go at gardening. Since we met last month a group of volunteers from Aecom have done some great work on edges to the paths and in the playground. The rain … Continue reading
Twice a year we meet for a hour to pick up some litter in the park. Please join us if you can on Sunday at 3pm for our spring tidy up. We are tidying up with the usual litter picking … Continue reading
The spring bulbs are blooming well already including the ones planted outside The Yard by children from Heriot Hill Nursery.
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