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Parks: St Katharine's Park

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

Spring Colour St Katharines

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

St Katharines Flower Tub On Liberton Gardens Entrance

By Contributor Mike Shields

Park Clean Up With Volunteers From Dominos Pizza

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Dominos Pizza Volunteers, Park Clean Up  2013

By Contributor Mike Shields

Construction of New Pedestrian Bridge 2013

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Winter View December 2014

By Contributor Mike Shields

Friends Of St Katharines Award 2014

By Contributor MIke Shields

Gracemount primary school pupils planting wildflower plug plants

By Contributor Mike Shields

Planting of fruit trees as part of the St Katharines mini orchard project January 2013

By Contributor Mike Shields

Burnhead Grove Entrance

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

St Katharines Brae Entrance Point

By Contributor Mike Shields

Ducks at the side of the Stenhouse burn in St Katharines Park

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Winter St Katharines

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Snowdrops peeking through February 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Snowdrops showing face February 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Sign Of Spring arriving  Feb 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

St katharines Friends walkabout February 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

Keep Scotland Tidy , Litter Pick Day At St Katharine's

By Contributor Mike Shields

Keep Scotland Tidy , Litter Pick Day At St Katharine's

By Contributor Mike Shields

Keep Scotland Tidy , Litter Pick Day At St Katharine's

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

June 2015

By Contributor Rachel

June 2015

By Contributor Rachel

June 2015

By Contributor Rachel

St Katharines May 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Flag Iris at side of the burn

By Contributor Mike Shields

St Katharines Herbaceous beds July 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Wildflower Meadow in full bloom

By Contributor Rachel

Wild flower meadow

By Contributor Rachel

Wildflowers in bloom

By Contributor Rachel

St Katharines mini orchard  apple trees now looking good with fruit August 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

St Katharines mini orchard  apple trees now looking good with fruit August 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Wild flowers still in bloom in early October

By Contributor Rachel

New wildlife interpretation panel installed in the park at the side of the burn November 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Spring flowers (grape hyacinths) on the Stenhouse Burn

By Contributor Rachel

Daffodils

By Contributor Rachel

Red campion starting to flower on the new habitat pile.

By Contributor Rachel

Background
Prior to 2006, the park only consisted of the burn, some trees and the grass area. Following community consultation, work began to improve the park in August 2006. A new asphalt footpath replaced the old whin-dust path and new street lighting was installed.

Since then over 250,000 natural bulbs have been planted along with new rose and shrub beds created and the planting of over 30 new trees. To aid the amenity of the park new benches, picnic tables and bins have been installed.

In 2010 a wildflower area was created as well as the welcome addition of both a flower tub and new stone signage at the Liberton Gardens entrance. At the entrance off Captain’s Drive a new metal name signage was added to the existing metal gate.

The area next to the river is a Local Biodiversity Site and the trees form part of the Urban Forest.
History and heritage
The park is named after the nearby Balm Well of St. Catherine. Also known as the Oily Well, as the water contains a small amount of oil, due to the oil shale rock through which the spring water passes. This oil became famous as being a cure for various skin conditions.

The well is supposedly named after St. Catherine of Alexandria; as tradition suggests that the well originated by the spilling of a vial of healing oil, which had been brought to Queen Margaret from St. Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai, where the oil was said to emanate from the saint’s corpse.

The historic spring can be found in the grounds of the Toby Carvery.
Wildlife
Dippers, Grey Wagtail, Mallards
Geology
Deposits of oil shale underlie St Katherine's Park.
Why don't you?
Take a walk by the burn and look for the secretive grey wagtail
Visitor information
Lothian Buses: 7,37, 47 & 67
Disabled access
Living Landscape features
Floral meadow (perennials)
Facilities
Football goals
Outdoor gym equipment
Picnic tables
Seating
Spring bulb display
Wildflower area
Get Involved
https://foskap.wordpress.com/
Contact Details
Liberton Gardens
EH16 6ND
0131 529 5151
southeast.locality@edinburgh.gov.uk