Phase one of the makeover of Fiveways Junction by Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust is finished – the stone circulrar walls, including a new home for Lopez the Lion, the Fiveways Feline.
It’s a key landmark on the path network, Fiveways was badly in need of something to make it live up to its potential as a major intersection where five paths meet in an open, sunny clearing framed by woodland and mature trees.
To reinforce the sense of space, we have built 25m of low stone walls in a circle around the junction. And recently revealed now that the tarpaulins are gone, Lopez the Lion – carved in stone by local sculptor Joyce Campbell from the nearby Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, he sits in one section of wall where he can bask in the afternoon sun, watching people pass.
Still to come, fruit trees and planting behind those walls, and some woodland management to make the area brighter and cleaner.
The walls were built by Edinburgh drystane waller Bruce Curtis, member of the Drystone Walling Association, out of reclaimed stone. Still to come are cycle hoops on the lampposts, as well as landscaping to frame the new walls, including tasty edible fruit bushes to be planted by local volunteers.
Still to come are cycle hoops on the lampposts and landscaping to frame the new walls, including tasty edible fruit bushes to be planted by local volunteers.
The makeover is funded by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery through their small-grants programme, whose support is allowing ELGT to transform this landmark as part of a long-standing programme of path-side improvements. Work began in November 2014 and will be finished by April, in time for spring.