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Parks: Portobello Community Garden

Portobello Community Garden

By City of Edinburgh Council

Background
With its distinctive 3 Coade Stone Pillars, attractive seashore inspired planting and quiet seating zone Portobello Community Garden provides an attractive green space along the Portobello seaside. The park has been awarded a Green Flag since 2010, in recognition of it being a quality greenspace.
History and heritage
In the early 1900s the site was originally a bandstand. The area was later converted to a small semi-enclosed public park, with an open air paddling pool. However, as with so many great Victorian parks and public spaces, it was neglected over time and was in a semi derelict state when the local community came together to save it in 2006. The Portobello Amenity Society obtained a Heritage Lottery Grant to repair and erect three "Coade Stone" Pillars within the garden and carry out landscaping of the area to create the community garden you see today.
The Coade Stone Pillars date from the early 19th century. They are listed structures which used to stand in the garden of Argyle House, Hope Lane. The pillars were restored by Graciela Ainsworth and her team of stone conservators. New crown tops for two of the pillars were skilfully made by local potter Alison Robinson. Pupils from Portobello High School also helped to make the modern Coade Stone decorations for the mound retaining wall.
Management Plan
Download the garden management plan
Facilities
GardensSeating
Contact Details
John Street
EH15 2EB
0131 529 3111
northeast.locality@edinburgh.gov.uk