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Community projects shine a light on the Canongate

A series of community-led projects hope to raise the profile of this often overlooked area of the Old Town.

Sep 14, 2015

They are all funded by the New Waverley Fund, a joint project between the Council and the developers of the New Waverley site, which has made £200,000 available for improvements to the area during construction.

The Canongate is a key part of the World Heritage Site, and yet lacks the profile and investment of other parts of the Old Town.

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage said: “The Canongate is an important but overlooked part of the World Heritage Site. We are thrilled for all the successful applicants on their worthwhile projects, particularly because these are ideas generated by the local community, with the backing of local groups such as the Canongate and Holyrood Initiative, the Old Town Development Trust and the Royal Mile Business Association.”

Edinburgh World Heritage will lead on two projects, to improve the New Calton Burial Ground and to bring festive lighting to the Canongate.

The project at New Calton Burial Ground looks to increase awareness and engagement with one of the city’s forgotten treasures, and also improve an important pedestrian route linking Calton Hill directly with the Canongate. Following on from the successes in other locations as part of the Edinburgh Graveyard Project, a volunteers group will be established to help promote and look after the burial ground, as well as adding new planting, interpretation and public events.

We will also be working the council and the Canongate community to bring festive lighting to the area, creating a more appealing environment on dark winter evenings and increasing footfall to help support local businesses. A series of options will be considered, including using existing flag sockets to fix 3D white balls and providing a ceiling a white light stretching over the street at key points.

EWH has worked in partnership with the Canongate and Holyrood Initiative to produce a trail of the area, highlighting its historic attractions and hidden gems. To find out more please click on the link below:

Canongate & Holyrood Trail (PDF | 2MB)

EWH has also supported the Friends of Canongate Kirkyard to produce a series of trails linking the graveyard tothe rest of the area, and revealing intriguing stories about some of its burials:

Interactive map of the Canongate Kirkyard


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