A partnership between EDI, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust is seeing the site of the old Fountain Brewery, tucked away behind the big hoardings between the canal towpath and Dundee Street, being transformed as part of a temporary greening project, which aims to turn empty land into greenspace while it is waiting to be developed.
Some 230m of path is being built across the site to link the canal towpath, Dundee Street, Viewforth and Gilmore Place, together with a grass verge alongside the canal, and 1,380m2 of wildflower sowing.
The paths are being lined with 70 large planters with trees – a mixture of birch and hornbeam – with in the middle, a mound hosting a Scots pine and ten oak trees in a central square.
Where the path meets the canal, the next phase of the project will see a new temporary access built up to the canal towpath via an “art square”. The east of the plot is being transformed into temporary community gardens as an extension to the Grove Community Garden – an amazing community initiative offering growing plots to local residents.
The project is in conjunction with regeneration group EDI whose other projects include the redevelopment of Craigmillar and the Edinburgh Waterfront. The Evening News recently gave more details of the longer term plans for the site.