See Our Survey

We conducted a community survey to find what people would  like to see included or improved in Hillside Crescent Gardens?  

Have a look at the survey results.

Upcoming Events

Come along to discuss and get involved in developments in YOUR local parks. The next meeting will be on -

Tuesday, 23rd August
6:00 pm
2 Hillside Crescent b&b

Hope to see you there!

PS. We are actively looking for a Treasurer for the group. There are no complicated elements to the role, so if you're numerate and have a few hours a year to spare, please consider putting yourself forward.

Get Involved!

Our group holds meetings, attended by community members, representatives from City of Edinburgh Council and the Parks & Green Spaces, and Edinburgh World Heritage Trust.

You’re welcome to come along and help in any way. For more information please refer to our get involved page.

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A Gateway to the City


Hillside Crescent Gardens and London Road Gardens are open wooded green spaces that form the setting of London Road. Together they make up a broad avenue of trees which create a spectacular approach to the city of Edinburgh along one of the main arterial routes from the East, used by thousands of travellers each day. Both gardens lie within the New Town conservation area and formed part of William Playfair’s 1819 plan for extending Georgian Edinburgh. The two gardens are an important gateway to the city and the local community but they are currently underused.

In response to this, ‘Inspiring Hillside’ was developed by the Friends of Hillside & Calton Area - a diverse team of local volunteers working together to help restore and develop the gardens to appeal to people of all ages and abilities – to local residents, walkers, joggers, visitors and tourists.

The group has been working with the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and City of Edinburgh Council to improve and maintain these historic gardens. This collaboration resulted in a Green Flag award in 2010 and the return to use of the B-listed Georgian Garden Cottage as a new restaurant. For more information about the group please visit our about page.

Our success with London Road Gardens has encouraged us to cross the road and turn our attention to Hillside Crescent Gardens. We are currently considering plans to improve the landscaping, provide new footpaths, create new plantings and develop a sensory garden.


Public art

In 2010 we formed the Art Work Committee to focus on proposals to introduce a central piece of public art, as was originally intended by Playfair, in Hillside Crescent Gardens. We’re considering a number of exciting options including working with Edinburgh based artists and collaborating with the Edinburgh University College of Art to run a competition for students to submit proposals to create a sculpture. For more information please visit our projects page. Learn more about this project by visiting our scuplture page.


We need you!

This is just the start and we have a number of exciting projects we're currently working on. To move forward we need volunteers who are passionate about green spaces and willing to help.