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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.
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.
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.
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.