Welcome to Craigmillar Park Association
The area of the South Edinburgh map outlined in black is the Craigmillar Park Conservation Area and is the same as that covered by the Craigmillar Park Association. With the help of the residents we monitor planning applications and help protect the environment for future generations to enjoy. We support the community in a variety of ways, go to our About Us page for full information. Click on map to view full size.
Blind School progess mid June.
July 2021 Update
Hello all Craigmillar Park Association Members,
We hope to have an AGM this Autumn if Covid restrictions allow. There are vacancies on the commitee for Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary.
Until these posts are filled, for planning matters we suggest you contact Grange and Prestonfield Community Council. Volunteers continue to work on maintaining the Nature Strips.
Best wishes from the committee, and we hope to see many of you in the Autumn.
Nature Strips June 2021 Update (Wilma Elton)
Nature strip 1 running along the east side of Granby Road has lots of plants flowering at the moment. Broom, laburnum, black currant and cotoneaster are all looking good – with geranium, foxgloves, red valerian, white campion, dyers alkanet, purple toadflax and white comfrey filling in between the trees, creating a wild feel, but leaving a path along the centre and space for playing and den making for children.
The council gardening team cut back lots of laurel in the Spring at the south end of the strip which has let in more light, and opened space for planting, but with mature trees the earth is quite compacted and dry. The plan is to plant 2 or 3 trees this Autumn towards the back in the more open centre part of the strip.
The nature strip on Gilmour Road between Wilton and Lygon Roads is in full bloom with a colourful display of shrubs and flowers and many deciduous trees including laburnum with its wonderful display of yellow flowers. To encourage insects and birds, some “weeds” like dandelion and nettle are being allowed a little growing space but will not be allowed to take over. Recently an orange tipped butterfly was spotted – a species new to the strip – and we hope that our planting efforts will improve the bio-diversity in this area.
Forthcoming work will be the removal of green waste spilling on to the pavement, trimming box and moving or trimming shrubs which are growing into one another.
We’ve not observed any birds making use of the bird boxes we installed in the autumn, but perhaps next spring!
Lots of colour in nature Strip 2.
Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS)
Craigmillar Park Association has joined the Society as a “small charity member”. The Society was founded in 1956 and has around one thousand members and volunteers. As the name suggests, the aims of the society are the protection, preservation and appreciation of Scotland’s architectural heritage and environment. This includes not just the famous buildings such as that of the former Royal High School but also the distinctive architecture and environment in conservation areas including our own.
The Society has regional groups in different parts of Scotland organising local activities and carrying out casework. In the Forth and Borders region, the Cases Panel meets weekly to consider planning applications and, where appropriate, lodge objections.
The Society has lodged (as has both the CPA and Grange / Prestonfield Community Council), three such objections in relation to planning applications within our Conservation Area in the period since our last AGM. We welcome very much the Society’s involvement in our Conservation Area – hence your Committee’s decision that CPA join the Society. The Society holds events such as lecture series, conferences and visits to buildings and sites of special interest and arranges annual study tours. For more information on the Society and their upcoming events, please visit:
Craigmillar Park Conservation Area
Edinburgh Council has now updated ( January 2020) the 2003 Character Appraisal after consultation with both Grange/Prestonfield Community Council and CPA.
To read the updated Character Appraisal, press here.
The Farmhouse is currently in lockdown because of the coronavirus crisis and all normal activities have had to cease. Volunteers and those who enjoy the Farmhouse’s training courses, clubs and café have reported their disappointment in missing their regular activities but, by means of Zoom, some art and crafts elements of the activity sessions and the singing group too have restarted. Funding has allowed staff time for welfare calls.
The most spectacular success has been the impact of the Covid Response Food Project, supported by voluntary contributions. Early in May, the operation delivered its 10,000th daily meal pack thanks to the efforts of food worker Eric Fernandez Baca and Lewis McLachan from Empty Kitchens Full Hearts, with support from Saltire Hospitality and WD Catering Solutions. Production has now moved to Saltire Hospitality’s Loanhead premises where their furloughed staff have donned Bridgend Farmhouse volunteer hats to prepare nearly 1000 meals each day. A very capable squad of volunteers deals with packaging, delivery, logistics, community liaison, cleaning and laundry assignments back at the Farmhouse.
Significant Grant and both Financial and In-kind Donation Support has allowed BF to more than double its capacity and the team is now providing over 300 packs per day to vulnerable families and individuals identified by referral bodies ranging from GPs and Social Workers to Church Teams, Councillors and MPs Offices.
The bike service for key workers [funded by CyclingUK Scotland] has also been a success and looks to be exceeding targets. You may have caught a snippet on the STV News of 18th May showing a pair of the beneficiaries getting their bikes and kit. It certainly produced a flurry of interest that set the bike team in further motion sourcing cycles and associated maintenance and safety gear. In return for a donation, you can have your bike serviced or puncture repaired, please phone 07591 882779.
Meanwhile, Bridgend is waiting, like everyone else, for the lockdown restrictions to lift when it’s hoped that on-site projects, drop-in days and the community café can restart.
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Here is a LINK to view the minutes of the monthly meetings of the GPCC.
South East Edinburgh Locality Improvement Plan
Click Here to view plan.
Strategic Development Plan (SDP)
This SDP covers the SESplan area from the Borders to part of Fife, including Edinburgh. The members of SESplan are City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council, West Lothian Council, Fife Council and Scottish BordersCouncil. The SDP sets the strategy for Local Development Plans (see above) and the new plan SESplan2 is to replace in 2018 the 2013 SDP SESplan covering a 20 year period. The final Plan was rejected by the Scottish Government in May 2019.
Friends of Newington Cemetery
Grange and Prestonfield Cummunity Council has set up an Interest Group of local volunteers, Friends of Newington Cemetery. Their long term vision is to restore Newington Cemetery to its former glory, by helping to clear overgrown areas and restore gravestones, and by liaising with the community and the families of those buried there. New members are always welcome, both to attend meetings and help at working parties that are normally held on a Monday between 10am and noon. Go to their Website for contact information.
Craigmillar Park Bowling Club
Situated in our Conservation Area, Craigmillar Park Bowling Club extends a warm welcome to new members in all age categories, previous experience of bowling is not necessary. Trained coaches are on hand to provide assistance, and all equipment (shoes, bowls) can be provided by the Club. For full information go to www.cpbc.org.uk:
One of the foremost names in Scottish tennis, Waverley Lawn Tennis Club was formed in 1885 on its present secluded, yet accessible site in our Conservation Area. The club is very active and welcomes new members. Their facilities include –
4 artificial grass tennis courts, all floodlit – 2 traditional plaster-walled squash courts, with viewing gallery – 1 mini-tennis court
Click HERE to view their website for full information about joining and other facilities on offer.
Craigmillar Park Golf Club
If you would like to play a golf course that is close to the centre of Edinburgh yet within the Green belt; with fantastic views down the coast of East Lothian and across the Firth to Fife; where you won’t hear the intrusive sounds of traffic and are likely to spot deer, then look no further than Craigmillar Park Golf Club. Visit Website for details.