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 spring bulbs are blooming well already including the ones planted outside The Yard by children from Heriot Hill Nursery.
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
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
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
STV had a nice piece by historian Dan Gray recently on the fascinating story of St Bernard’s Football Club, winner of the Scottish Cup, whose ground was in our park. Here is the link to the 4 minute clip.
We braved the wild wind to raise the green flag together with Jen, our council park ranger and Ross from the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust, who delivered the new play facilities. See their write up
What a great turnout and great to meet so many people from the local community. we reckon 300 people of all ages joined us and the youth workers from community education led by Callum McLeod. This event celebrated the upgrading … Continue reading
Please join us between 2 and 4pm for Barbeque Parkour Demonstration Portable Football Pitch Circus Skills It’s a free event! You could also do the Inverleith Challenge before – It starts at Blackhall Library and ends in our park … Continue reading