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Residents bid to complete Playfair garden

Residents are planning to restore Hillside Crescent Gardens, first planned by architect William Playfair.

Feb 25, 2011

The gardens at Hillside Crescent were first laid out in the 1820s, as part of a Playfair masterplan for the area. However a lack of money and controversy over the rates that residents would pay, meant that the scheme was never properly completed.

The Friends of Hillside and Calton community group has now been awarded a grant of £1,000 from Edinburgh World Heritage, along with funding from Infinis, to draw up new plans to transform the gardens.

The intention is to create a family-friendly space with a sensory garden, new paths benches and railings, and possibly turning the gardener’s cottage into a tea-room. A new piece of public art is also suggested, to create a central feature to the garden.

The total cost of the final project is estimated at around £70,000, which the group hope will help the gardens achieve Green Flag status.

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