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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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Friends of Hillside & Calton Area came together in 2007 in response to the felling without warning of a number of hardwood trees in London Road and Hillside Crescent Gardens. A series of meetings were held to establish the aspirations for these gardens. These meetings involved other Friends Groups, contact with local Churches, Youth Groups and the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) whose HQ overlooks the gardens.

We are a fully constituted group of local resident volunteers with an active interest in these green spaces and we currently have 100 members. Since 2007 we have developed close relations with the local community and the Edinburgh City Council as well as local businesses and organizations. To further represent our successes and our aspirations for this area, we have developed the brand identity, Inspiring Hillside, to communicate widely to people and to bring into focus our exciting projects.

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Our mission

... is to work with you,the local community, the City of Edinburgh Council and other partners and organisations to initiate improvements benefitting the city and the local environment. For these city gardens, we aim to:

  • ensure their maintenance and management
  • encourage community and visitor appreciation and use
  • incorporate new seating, routes and pathways
  • provide additional sympathetic lighting
  • introduce a central piece of public art (link to projects) in Hillside Crescent Gardens
  • develop a sensory garden in Hillside Crescent Gardens for people to enjoy
  • improve planting and biodiversity
  • provide a safe, friendly environment for people to enjoy