Cammo Estate Restoration project

Cammo Estate Local Nature Reserve has a unique heritage. It's one of Edinburgh's most overlooked jewels. The reserve now needs investment to restore it's features and develop the parks as a destination visitor attraction.

About the project

In 2016 the estates home farm building was sold off for private development and the profits were ringfenced for general site improvements.

In March 2017, the Council decided that a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) round one development grant should be applied for as a way of securing additional funds for a greater level of restoration, using the home farm profits as matched funding. This will enable the development of detailed master plan proposals for the estate which will include designs for the buildings, landscape and numerous features.

A detailed

  • conservation management plan
  • activity plan
  • visitor services business plan
  • ten year fully costed management and maintenance plan

will be worked out to support a round two bid application for the funding to carry out the restoration works if round one is successful.

The project will look to restore the estate and develop it as a major visitor destination which showcases its unique landscape and historical features. It will look to create opportunities for learning and volunteering and to engender a sense of pride in the neighbouring communities through engaging various groups and partners.

You can download the Cammo Estate Restoration project information brief below.

Proposals

Public consultation and research will be carried out to inform the development of the master plan proposals.

Although nothing has been decided yet some of the proposals may include:

  • Consolidate Cammo House
  • Restore views from Cammo House to the tower
  • Restore the walled kitchen garden
  • Restore the Ornamental canal
  • Consolidate or restore the stable block as a new community venue and base for our partners or café
  • Restore the pinetum
  • Conserve or bring into active management all trees, woodlands and hedges and improve biodiversity across the site
  • Improve entrances and develop circuit routes for walking, running and healthy activities
  • Put management and maintenance regimes in place to ensure the park achieves Green Flag status
  • Develop a full programme of events and activities which meets the needs and interest of a wide range of park users and offer volunteer and learning opportunities for all to enjoy
  • Improve the car parking facilities

This is a major project for Parks, Cemeteries and Greenspace and is likely that the overall project costs will be in the region of £5m.

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