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by Lindsay Law (subscribe)
I'm a working mum writing about life in Edinburgh (and anywhere else we go) with two curious, adventurous, and imaginative children. Visit my blog at Follow me on Twitter: @LinzerLaw
Published September 22nd 2012
A hidden gem in the city centre
Barony Street Community Garden is a brilliant little park. It's tucked away down a little side street, and you wouldn't know it was there unless you stumbled upon it.

A Planter
One of the planters placed around the edges of the garden

It was planned, developed and built by local people working in partnership with Edinburgh City Council, Broughton Project Group and Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust. The goal of the project was to create an urban oasis and the result is a lovely lay out and a very tranquil atmosphere. There's a walkway built through a small rockery and herb garden, designed to improve biodiversity and 'green' appeal. Perhaps unintentionally it also provides climbing opportunities for older children.

A big basket swing
I wish I had had a swing like this when I was little,

There's plenty of variety for both littles and slightly bigger children, and on a warm day after school, it fills up with local families letting their children blow off some steam while mums and dads relax in the sun.

Despite being set-down in a little dell, it's accessible to buggies as it has a ramped entrance.

The ramp
Scooter was a bit too keen to get and an start playing.

One of my favourite things about the park is that its design encourages children to work and play together: a big basket swing, a seesaw, and a pedal roundabout are all better when you're on them with someone else. Yes, I have tried them all.

When there's no-one on the seesaw it looks a little bit like a modern art sculpture.

The setting, layout and play equipment at this park combine to make it one of the best in the city. It's well worth a visit.

Pedal Roundabout
Sister just out of view
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Why? Peaceful park after a hectic shopping trip
Where: Barony Street, Edinburgh
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