Welcome to Belgrave Crescent Gardens Website
Welcome to Belgrave Crescent Gardens â€“ a private, Victorian garden located in Edinburghâ€™s World Heritage Site. These historic gardens are owned by local residents and funded by annual assessment. The Gardens cover over seven acres and extend from Belgrave Crescent down to the Water of Leith - a unique urban landscape in the heart of Scotlandâ€™s capital city. The Gardens have provided a community focus in the life of its members for almost 150 years. They afford spectacular views towards Edinburgh Castle and the Water of Leith including Thomas Telfordâ€™s Dean Bridge. Attractions include two childrenâ€™s play areas, seating, a barbeque area, several beautiful walkways, lawns, wooded areas and formal flower beds. The Gardens are managed by a committee of residents and a team of professional gardeners.
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Carols round the Christmas Tree will take place on Wednesday 11th December. More details later
Autumn Notes 2013
The wonderful summer has given us all an opportunity to spend time in the Gardens enjoying the warmth and sunshine. It is a pleasure to see so many families using the play parks and having the chance to play safely in the city centre.
The gardeners have done a great job this year and we are grateful to them for all the effort they put in. A considerable amount of work was done on the upper reaches of the Cyclamen Path – the path that runs downhill east of the main path down to the riverside - and this winter the gardeners will tackle the lower section. Do please take a walk down this path and you will see how much the area has been cleared and opened up. The Edinburgh City council advised us that we had Dutch elm disease again. The tree surgeons were called in and felled one entire tree on a very difficult steep slope next to the Dean Path. This involved obtaining permits from the Council to close the pavement.
Our Grand Summer Event was a great success and thanks go to all who gave so much of their time to make it so. Thanks to Lucinda Withinshaw for organising the table sale and craft stalls and coming up with lots of ideas. The tea tent proved a winner and thanks go to Jenny Stevenson and her team along with Viv Cameron for coping with the demand for all the delicious home baking. Thanks also to all who donated their treasures to the table sale. The ‘leftovers‘ were taken to various charity shops so nothing was wasted. My thanks also go to our valiant Secretary Elspeth who beavers away in the background to keep things running smoothly. In total including some generous donations we raised about £3200. We intend to use this to replace the tractor mower which has done sterling work but is now causing some grief.
The work at the riverside is some way to completion. The next part of the project is to sort out the steps and generally tidy up the immediate surrounding area and provide some seating. Next year when the grass has grown, the levelled area will be a sheltered place to enjoy the views of the Water of Leith. When we consulted members on this work a couple of years ago, some of you expressed concern that we make the area too formal. I hope that what we have done is a good compromise allowing us to use this area which had become very neglected and overgrown, while keeping its “non ironed” appearance.
We have two events before Christmas. Leaf clearing and Bonfire day will be on 2nd November. Lots of help is needed from young and old. We will have the lantern competition too so bring along that scary pumpkin.
Christmas carol singing around the tree will be on Wednesday 11th December. A collection will be made in aid of Fresh Start, an organisation which helps people who have been made homeless get started in their new home. Please come and enjoy the mince pies and mulled wine and bring you best singing voice. We will have the Edinburgh University Brass band to help us along. Bring your friends too.
The committee is looking for new members to bring fresh ideas and vigour to the table. It is not an onerous task and involves 4 to 5 meetings a year to discuss plans, and assistance and attendance when possible at the events. This could be an opportunity for you to help promote the community spirit we try to engender in the Gardens.
Belgrave Crescent Gardens Management Committee