In and around Gorgie and Dalry there are a number of parks and greenspaces that are highly valued by the local community.
Gorgie Dalry Community Council regularly organises park clean ups and other community events to enjoy our local greenspaces. If you are interested in getting involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Several parks in Gorgie and Dalry have Friends groups of people in the community who want to improve their local greenspaces. Parks Community UK have a series of free ‘How To’ Guides on how to successfully set up and run a Friends group.
Dalry Community Park
Located at Dalry Road, opposite Downfield Place. Also accessible via Telfer Subway.
“Previously Dalry Road Station until 1962, Dalry Community Park now hosts a multi-sports pitch, a play area, and large amounts of biodiversity. In 2000 it was found that there were 140 wild plant species and 360 waiting to be identified. In 1998 the park came under threat when a developer proposed to destroy most of the land in order to build a superstore car park. Gorgie Dalry Community Council (GDCC) and other local residents ran a successful campaign to retain the open greenspace for the benefit of the community. The park is due to be renovated as part of the Roseburn to Union Canal Active Travel Route scheme by 2022.” (Source: GDCC)
Read our short history of Dalry Community Park, by Alex McKendrick: Dalry Community Park: From Train Station to Local Greenspace
Located opposite 200-196 Dalry Road. Also accessible via Dundee Street.
“Established in 1846, this garden cemetery was acquired by The City of Edinburgh Council via compulsory purchase order in 1987. It is a wildlife haven for a variety of species.” (Source: Dalry Cemetery)
Residents have recently set up a Friends of Dalry Cemetery group to improve and maintain the cemetery as a local green space, if you are interested in joining please see the group or email: email@example.com
Located at Murieston Crescent, Dalry
“Murieston Park is a small community park off Dalry Road with benches and play area. The park is regularly used for a number of community events.” (Source: City of Edinburgh Council)
If you are interested in taking care of the park and taking part in community events, you can join the Friends of Murieston Park.
Located opposite 141-153 Gorgie Road
“Within earshot of Tynecastle, this tiny park is a welcome respite from traffic in a busy and densely-populated part of town. More than a rest area and children’s safe playground than a park, it nonetheless provides an appreciated off-the-pavement oasis with a screen of cherry trees and a splash of colour from rose hedging.” (Source: City of Edinburgh Council) GDCC hosts the annual Gorgie Dalry Christmas Lights Switch On in White Park, and the park is currently home to the Gorgie Collective ‘Harlequin Fence’ public artwork.
North Merchiston Cemetery
Located at Ardmillan Terrace, accessed from junction with Angle Park Terrace and Slateford Road
“An old and rather run-down cemetery with a variety of broadleaf tree species.” (Source: The Woodland Trust)
Read more about the wildlife in North Merchiston and Dalry Cemeteries in this piece for The Woodland Trust by local resident Juliet Wilson: Discovering Woodland Cemeteries Under Lockdown
Stewart Terrace Play Area
Located on Stewart Terrace, opposite Stratfords
Next to the Sinclair Development on the former site of the McVitie and Price biscuit factory, this small play area is popular with local families. (Source: GDCC)
Located between Westfield Road and Alexander Drive, access from both.
Next to the Gorgie Mills Bowling Club, and in front of the iconic Westfield Court flats, Westfield Park is a small greenspace with a play area and a variety of trees, including cherry blossoms in the spring. (Source: GDCC)
Community Backgreens in Gorgie and Dalry
“Between 2004 & 2012, Edinburgh Community Backgreens Association, ECBA supported tenement dwellers to work with their neighbours to establish community gardens in their tenement backgreens. Over the eight years, we helped set up fifteen ‘community backgreen’ projects in Gorgie Dalry, Leith and Marchmont. Unfortunately the organisation was wound up in 2012 through lack of funding.” (Source: Edible Estates) However, some of the community backgreens are still active; if you live in the neighbouring tenements to the Wheatfield Community Backgreen you can join their Facebook page for more information: Wheatfield Community Backgreen – Gorgie, Edinburgh
The Community Backgreens set up by Edible Estates in Gorgie and Dalry are: Caleys Community Backgreen; Orwell Community Backgreen; Wheatfield Community Backgreen; Cherrytree Community Backgreen; and Murieston Community Backgreen. For more information, please contact Edible Estates: firstname.lastname@example.org
Balgreen Community Garden and Water of Leith
Located at the end of Westfield Avenue
The Water of Leith runs through the north-western corner of Gorgie, with the walkway accessible from Balgreen Road and Westfield Avenue. “The Balgreen Community Garden has transformed a derelict space by the Water of Leith into a space for people and wildlife. The site includes: a native hedgerow, wildflower meadow, butterfly and bee bank, 6 raised beds (each planted and adopted by local groups such as The Westfield Community, Health all Around and Balgreen Primary School), a shady woodland broader (with willow fence – due in Dec 2016), a living wall and stone bench feature.” (Source: Water of Leith Conservation Trust)
Saughton Park and Gardens
Located between Balgreen Road and Stevenson Drive
Just outside of the Gorgie Dalry Community Council boundary, but nonetheless enjoyed by many residents of our area, Saughton Park and Gardens is the largest local green space. Described by Edinburgh Outdoors as “one of Edinburgh’s hidden jewels. It has a large tract of well-managed open space with playing fields and athletics track, the biggest skate board park in Scotland and a modern creative play area. Spread over 34 acres, it also has a delightful formal garden in classic style and featuring the largest herbaceous border in Edinburgh as well as neatly-clipped yew hedges, flower and heather beds, a sunken Italian garden, specimen trees, a glass Winter Garden with exotic plants, a Scottish Physic garden and a rose garden that has won Saughton fame.” (Source: Edinburgh Outdoors)
If you are interested in taking care of the park and taking part in community events, you can join the Friends of Saughton Park.