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Parks: Grannies Green

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

Background
This small sloping grassed area on the west end of the Grassmarket, sitting beneath Edinburgh Castle, was brought back to life over the past five years.
History and heritage
Grannies Green was originally part of a traditional wash-house and bleaching green for the washing of the Grassmarket and army wives on Johnstone Terrace. Recently the local community, the Council, Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and the Edinburgh Old Town Development Trust have worked together and the garden has been transformed into a greenspace to commemorate the celebrated town planner, Sir Patrick Geddes. Sir Patrick, who was born in 1854 and died in 1932, is credited with transforming Edinburgh into a thriving modern city. Grannies Green is part of the network of inner city gardens planned by Geddes. Wildflowers, a herb garden and fruit trees have been planted. There is new signage and inscribed stone steps and the cast-iron clothes poles once used to hang washing to dry have been restored.
Visitor information
Serviced by Lothian Bus no 2. It can be accessed by Grannies Green Steps from Johnston Terrace or the Grassmarket.
Facilities
Seating & Views