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Parks: Lochend Park

Lochend Park

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

By City of Edinburgh Council

Summer 2014

By Contributor City of Edinburgh Council

By Contributor City of Edinburgh Council

By Contributor Natalia

Background
Lochend Park is a popular country-style park off Lochend Road South and behind Meadowbank Sports stadium. The loch, with a wide variety of waterfowl is the main attraction, but historical buildings, a children's play area, teen area and even a bee cafe. The park holds a Green Flag in recognition of it being a quality greenspace.
History and heritage
The park was once meadow land belonging to the Earl of Moray, who used the loch for irrigation. The area required much work before it could be turned into a public park, with drainage and levelling the top priorities at the time. There are two old buildings at the northern end of the park which attract interest. One is called the Doocot and was probably used for keeping pigeons, but is also associated with stories from local residents that infected clothes were burned there during epidemics. The other building is a pump station, which was used to pump water to supply the Leith area.
Wildlife
There are a range of habitats to be found in the park. The loch is home to a wide variety of wildfowl, including swans, geese, coots and mallards. A viewing platform and planting beds, funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and WREN, were created around the pond in the spring of 2011. The viewing platform gives people greater access to see the wildlife and allows local schools the chance to take part in pond dipping activities. The new planting, including yellow flag iris and water mint, will enhance the biodiversity of the pond by providing more habitats and food for the local wildlife.
Hermitage Park Primary School have worked with the Park Rangers to plant a variety of plants in the south of the park to create a bee cafe.
Other useful links
Lochend Park podcast
Management Plan
Download the park management plan
Living Landscape features
Floral meadow (perennials)
Facilities
Play areaTeenage area & goals
Pond and viewing platform
Historical buildings
Community woodland
Seating
Get Involved
Friends of Lochend Park Facebook page
Contact Details
Lochend Road South
EH7 6DQ
0131 529 3111
northeast.locality@edinburgh.gov.uk