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Parks: Seven Acre Park

Seven Acre Park

By City of Edinburgh Council

Creation of the new Nature Walk at Seven Acre Park woodland Area November 2014

By Contributor MIke Shields

Drainage work Seven Acre Park Netherbank Section 2013

By Contributor Mike Shields

Friends Of Seven Acre Park Fence Painting.

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Bug Hotel Created in the Seven Acre Park woodland area by South Edinburgh  Park Rangers, Peter Davidson and Rachel Edmans.<br />
November 2014

By Contributor Mike Shields

Friends Of Seven Acre Bird box instalation 2012

By Contributor Mike Shields

Bird Box instalation

By Contributor Mike Shields

Friends Group Bird Box Instalation

By Contributor Contributor

By Contributor Mike Shields

Park Entrance Stanydykehead Section of Park

By Contributor Mike Shields

Creation of Seven Acre Pampas Grass bed in 2011

By Contributor Mike Shields

Spring Bulbs April 2011

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor MIke Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Spring Colour March 2012

By Contributor Mike Shields

Spring March 2012

By Contributor Mike Shields

Seven Acre  Park Nature trail December 2014

By Contributor Mike Shields

Winter Walk December 2014

By Contributor Mike Shields

View Over Edinburgh and Fife From Seven Acre Park December 2014

By Contributor Mike Shields

December 2014

By Contributor Mike Shields

December 2014

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Early Spring Bulbs At Seven Acre

By Contributor Mike Shields

Instalation Of New Outdoor Multi Gym.<br />
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No Excuse Not Too Keep Fit While In the Park.

By Contributor Mike Shields

New Seven Acre Multi Gym Installed Thursday The 18th Of December 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Netherbank Entrance to Seven Acre

By Contributor Mike Shields

Talking post In Seven Acre park At The Netherbank Entrance

By Contributor Mike Shields

Winter View Of Arthurs Seat From Netherbank Section Of Seven Acre Park

By Contributor Mike Shields

Stanydykehead Road January 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

View Of Liberton Kirk

By Contributor Mike Shields

Seven Acre winter January 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Cold January morning in Seven Acre Park

By Contributor Mike Shields

Another Bug Hotel Under Construction By South Edinburgh Park Ranger Peter In The Woodland Walkway Section Of The Park.

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Contributor

Instalation of a main water pipe through the park June 2010.

By Contributor Contributor

Preparation of the steps to the Seven Acre Nature Trail January 2015

By Contributor MIke Shields

Completion of one of the stepways into the woodland walkway February 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Friends event with Peter the ranger to install 9 Scots Pine trees at tge park on Saturday 21st February.

By Contributor Jeni Rowe

March sunshine in Seven Acre 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Chess Board Picnic Table Seven Acre Play Area

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Early daffodils on Bug Hotel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

Spring April 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

By Contributor Mike Shields

Spring April 8th 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

New path in May 2015

By Contributor Rachel

May 2015

By Contributor Rachel

Wildflower Meadow Seven Acre May 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Red Campion in the Wildflower Meadow May 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

New Fruit Orchard Planted May 2015 and grant funded by The Friends Of seven Acre Park

By Contributor Mike Shields

 Seven Acre woodland Bulbs May 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

woodland May 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Cranesbill in wildflower area

By Contributor Rachel

Wildflower meadow in June

By Contributor Rachel

Soldier beetle on oak leaf

By Contributor Rachel

Seven Acre Herbaceous Bed July 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Seven Acre with horses grazing in the fields behind the park

By Contributor Mike Shields

The Living Landscapes Wildflower Area in full bloom

By Contributor Rachel

Bumblebee enjoying the new nectar bar

By Contributor Rachel

Poppies and cornflowers

By Contributor Rachel

Apple harvest in August

By Contributor Rachel

Seven Acre wildflower meadow site August 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Apple in the new orchard

By Contributor Rachel

Colourful Poppies and Cornflowers

By Contributor Rachel

Sunshine on the living landscapes wildflower meadow

By Contributor Rachel

By Contributor Rachel

Seven Acre  Netherbank entrance in August with tub in flower and Sorbus with berries ripening

By Contributor Mike Shields

Horses passing through road at the side of the park   August 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

New fruit orchard trees bearing fruit in first August 2015

By Contributor MIke Shields

Seven Acre Park Wildflower August 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Pathway through the wildflower August 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

Friends Of Seven Acre Park young members help with the fence painting

By Contributor Mike Shields

Autumnal sunlight

By Contributor Rachel

Autumn colour at Seven Acre

By Contributor Mike Shields

Autumn colour at Seven Acre

By Contributor Mike Shields

Autumn leaf fall woodland area Seven Acre Park

By Contributor Mike Shields

One of the 4 new interpretation panels erected at Seven Acre Park woodland walkway November 2015

By Contributor Mike Shields

New interpretation boards up in the woodland walkway; identifying trees, wildflowers, invertebrate and animals signs that can be seen in the park.

By Contributor Rachel

New Woodland Nature Trail Signs

By Contributor Rachel

New Woodland Nature Trail Signs

By Contributor Rachel

New Woodland Nature Trail Signs

By Contributor Rachel

New Woodland Nature Trail Signs

By Contributor Rachel

New Woodland Nature Trail signs

By Contributor Rachel

Spring Flowers in the fog

By Contributor Rachel

Black Cherry Blossom

By Contributor Rachel

Spring in the Woodland Nature Trail

By Contributor Rachel

Seven Acre Park May 2016

By Contributor Mike Shields

Seven Acre Park woodland nature trail.

By Contributor Mike Shields

New path getting well under way...

By Contributor Rachel

Background
Seven Acre Park, as the name suggests, is seven acres in size and consists of two main sections - one accessed via Stanydykehead and the other via Netherbank View. The park is sited on former farmland and was adopted by Edinburgh Council around 1999.

The park has exceptional views over to Fife and many of Edinburgh landmarks including Edinburgh Castle, Arthur’s Seat, Blackford Observatory and, on a good day, the Bass Rock can be seen in the distance. It is a wonderful place to sit in the summer months or just to relax and take in the countryside feel the park provides in the middle of Edinburgh. The play area, which includes basketball nets, is very popular with local children and their parents.

The park also has picnic tables, football goals and seats dotted about to take in the scenery.

Most recent additions are the multi-gym and the new woodland trail.
History and heritage
The land was originally part of a farm called Backsidelee, the main farmhouse would be around Alnwick Drive today. Remnants of the name are retained in Backlee, the location of the old shop. The area was sold to Crudens in the early 1970s and the original farmhouse still stands at the end of a short lane leading off Alnwickhill Drive. The amenity land, which constitutes the park, was gifted to the Alnwickhill Proprietor’s Association in 2003/4.

It is likely that the meaning of Stanedykehead comes from the use of ‘dyke’ to mean ‘wall’, thus ‘the wall at the edge of the boundary’. It is likely that this is referring to the estate of Liberton farm, to the north-west.

The land around Seven Acre Park has an interesting and impressive history.

The house at the end of Stanedykehead, Alnwickhill House, was allegedly Scotland’s first lunatic asylum, mentioned in George Good’s 'Liberton in Ancient and Modern Times' printed in 1893. It later became the ‘Edinburgh Industrial Home for Fallen Women’.

There are also the remains of gun placements to the north of the park; this is all that remains of the World War II anti-aircraft battery which was established at Liberton. The battery was equipped with four gun emplacements, two magazines with blast walls, a command post, and GL Radar. Records indicate that the battery was armed with four 3.7-inch guns during the war.
Wildlife
The mature hedgerow separating either side of the park is home to an impressive range of bird life; including bullfinches, goldcrests, blackbirds, robins, wrens and wood pigeons. In winter small murmurations of starlings and other corvids (members of the crow family) can be seen flying around.
Why don't you?
Have a go on the new outdoor multi-gym?
Management Plan
Download the park management plan
Living Landscape features
Floral meadows (annuals)
Play facilities
Play area with wide range of equipment for toddlers, juniors and teenagers.
Location
Seven Acre Park
Facilities
Play area
Grass kick pitch
Seven aside goals
Community woodland
City views
Seating
Multi-gym
Talking information post
Opening hours
Open every day
Get Involved
Friends of Seven Acre Park
Contact Details
Stanedykehead, Alnwickhill
EH16 6TN
0131 529 5151
southeast.locality@edinburgh.gov.uk
Alnwickhill
EH16 6TN
0131 529 5151