Work beginning on ‘green corridor’ on disused Edinburgh land

WORK is beginning on Monday, to revive disused land between Edinburgh’s Roseburn district and the Union Canal, to its south, turning it into a ‘green corridor’ and cycleway.

The £12.5m project (here) – in three sections: Sauchiebank Gardens, Duff Street Woodland and Dalry Community Park – is expected to be completed by April next year.

Says an announcement from The City Edinburgh Council, here: “Funding for the project has been provided by [cycling charity] Sustrans, through its Places for Everyone programme, an active travel infrastructure fund backed by the Scottish Government, which helps deliver walking, wheeling and cycling improvements across the country.”

The announcement adds: “Amongst improvements are two new bridges crossing over the Mid Calder railway line and Dalry Road leading to Dalry Community Park, community gardens at Sauchiebank and Duff Street and upgrades to the sports pitch and playpark at Dalry Community Park, designs for which were developed in consultation with Dalry Primary School pupils.”

And continues: “A comprehensive planting strategy will allow the active management of currently underused and largely inaccessible woodland, helping to create healthier and more diverse woodland with longer-term opportunities to enhance its ecological value.

“This will involve planting almost 5,000 woodland and semi-mature trees. Approximately 450 trees will be felled in order to deliver the project, including trees which have been identified as ash and would be removed as part of long-term maintenance planning.”

Picture credit: The City of Edinburgh Council

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