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Paolozzi sculptures arrive at Hillside Crescent.

Hillside Crescent welcomes the The Manuscript of Monte Cassino sculptures. Specially made for the spot outside St Mary’s Cathedral the scultpures have been moved to Hilllside Crescent whilst renovations take place.

The various pieces of the Monte Cassino sculpture were designed so that people could walk among them, children could clamber on them and pools of water gather there. The poem from which the inscriptions are taken was written by an Italian monk from the abbey of Monte Cassino.

They are a fantastic addition to the gardens at Hillside Crescent and all clambering is encouraged!






RNIB Fundraiser Parachute for Sensory Garden

We are delighted to announce that staff based at Scotland's Royal National Institute for the Blind will tomorrow be parachuting in Perthshire to raise funds for our Sensory Garden tomorrow (2/6/2012) in Perthshire.

The Scottish RNIB centre, also based at Hillside Crescent, is accessed by many via a path that runs through Hillside Crescent Gardens.  As such, we have sought to work together with RNIB to ensure that the needs of all users of the Gardens be listened to, resulting in the creation of our forthcoming Sensory Garden.  

The RNIB have been a key support for the Inspring Hillside group, supporting the project every step of theway, and we are delighted to have their support.

You can find out more about this organisation and their vital work at:

The Inspiring Hillside group


Take Part in Our Survey!

One of the key aims of the Inspiring Hillside project is to listen closely to the views and suggetions of the communities that use and pass through Hillside Crescent Gardens.  So, whether you are a resident of the area, work here, or just pass through we would like to hear your thoughts and feelings on how you feel Hillside Crescent Gardens could be improved, and what you would like to see included in any future work. 

To be part of this consultation process, we invite you to fill out our short, anonymous questionnaire online at the following link:

We thank you sincerely for your contribution, and will have more exciting news soon.

Inspiring Hillside




Inspiring Hillside Garden Event

Funded by the Big Lottery Award, the event aims to ‘inspire’ the local community and raise awareness of proposals for Hillside Crescent Gardens which include landscaping, a central piece of public art and a sound art installation. 

We are currently working on a community survey to canvas local opinion that will be available to download soon.