Diamond parks are to be forever

With plans in full swing across the UK to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee next year,the Council has earmarked a number of Edinburgh parks and open spaces as potential Diamond Jubilee Fields.

A host of national and regional events are being prepared across the country to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, including the dedication of parks through Fields in Trust (FIT) and the creation of new woodlands through the Woodland Trust.

Following consultation with Neighbourhoods and elected members a list of 24 playing fields, parks and woodlands has been identified by the Council's Parks team as possible Diamond Jubilee Fields.

A site in Craigmillar has also been identified for the creation of a new woodland area that will be leased to and managed by the Woodland Trust as part of the Diamond Jubilee Woods project.

The proposed Edinburgh Diamond Jubilee locations will be presented to the Council's Transport, Environment and Infrastructure Committee for approval on 27 September 2011, before being verified by FIT. 

The parks and greenspaces will then go head to head with places across the UK in a public vote.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environment Leader, said: "Edinburgh's beautiful parks and green spaces are among this city's greatest natural assets and the Council is committed to protecting and conserving them for posterity. By dedicating our parks in honour of the Queen's 60-year reign, the Council will be able to safeguard the land's use as open space forever."

Fields In Trust (FIT) aims to dedicate a large number of open spaces and playing fields throughout the UK in a new scheme to be called the Queen Elizabeth II Fields, which would operate in similar fashion to previous dedication schemes. 

The Fields In Trust (FIT) Royal Charter charges it with the protection and preservation of parks and recreational space. FIT is currently the Guardian Trustee of 85 King George V Memorial Parks held in perpetuity for the people of Scotland. This includes three King George parks within the Edinburgh city region, at Scotland Street in the New Town, in Currie and in South Queensferry. 

The Diamond Jubilee Woods project involves the creation of 60 new woodlands across the UK, each of which will be around 60 acres in size.

In May 2000, the City of Edinburgh Council decided to dedicate several parks - Inverleith, The Meadows and Leith Links as Millennium Fields, and in August 2002 voted to dedicate Craigmillar Castle Park as a (Golden) Jubilee Field.

LIST for approval (by neighbourhood)

North Edinburgh Neighbourhood

Easter Drylaw Park (Community Park)
Ravelston Park & Ravelston Woods (Community/Natural Heritage Park)
Starbank Park(Community Park)
Victoria Park (City Park)

East Edinburgh Neighbourhood

Brighton Park (Community Park)
Figgate Park (Community Park)
Lochend Park (Community Park)
Rosefield Park (Community Park)

South Edinburgh Neighbourhood

Braidburn Valley Park (Community Park)
Hermitage of Braid & Blackford Hill (Natural Heritage Park)
Morgan Playing Fields (Recreation Ground)
Morningside Park (Community Park)
Seven Acre Park (Community Park)

South West Edinburgh Neighbourhood

Colinton Mains Park (City Park)
Easter Craiglockhart Hill (Natural Heritage Park)
Hailes Quarry Park (Community Park)
Harrison Park (Community Park)
Saughton Park & Gardens (Premier Park)

West Edinburgh Neighbourhood

Ferry Glen (Natural Heritage Park)
St Margaret's Park (Community Park)
Union Park (City Park)

City Centre & Leith Neighbourhood

Dalmeny Street Park (Community Park)
Montgomery Street Park (Community Park)
Pilrig Park (Community Park)


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