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Acheson House opens to the public

The EWH office has welcomed the public for Doors Open Day and the Traditional Building Festival.

Sep 26, 2012

Acheson House Garden is a community led regeneration project undertaken by Edinburgh World Heritage, the Patrick Geddes Gardening Club and Bridgend Growing Communities. It takes its inspiration from kitchen gardens of the 1600s, which would have been common at the time Acheson House was first built.

The garden was opened to the public for Doors Open Day 2012, with around 2,000 visitors recorded on the day. There were several activities available, including building bird feeders out of old fruit juice cartons, herb challenges, presentations, photo displays, home baked lavender shortbread and refreshments. Ten volunteers from our gardening community helped out, with members of the public learning about the garden project and the history of Acheson House.

In August Edinburgh World Heritage donated its offices for the inaugural Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival. The event offered a rich variety of events, which gave fascinating insights into the skills and materials used to maintain Edinburgh’s traditional buildings for future generations.

Expert talks and practical demonstrations were given on skills such as traditional roof slating, stone masonry, property repairs, and the use of lime mortar. The Festival also revealed the benefits of using modern approaches to laser scanning, surveying, and energy efficiency in maintaining traditionally constructed buildings.

Thanks are due to all the presenters who gave their time free of charge, and to the sponsors, Historic Scotland, the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, the Stone Federation of Great Britain, and CITB Construction Skills.

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