The Dean Valley Regeneration project is a not-for-profit restoration initiative, made up of volunteers from the community seeking to breathe new life into one of Scotland’s most important and beautiful historic landscapes – the Dean Valley in Edinburgh’s New Town.
The Dean Valley forms the backdrop to Edinburgh’s Georgian city, built from 1767, and represents one of the most significant historical and architectural designed landscape gardens in Scotland. Today the area offers an oasis of picturesque beauty and calm to local residents and tourists alike, a hidden gem in the heart of the city.
Over the years the linear park has been neglected and is now in urgent need of renovation and care, in order to preserve it for future generations. Renovation offers a significant opportunity to ensure that this unique location, set within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site, can be enjoyed for many years to come.
The theme of our project is an historic landscape renovation, to include the walkway and its built structures of walls, bridges, railings and embankments, creating a community focus, both to improve the shared amenity of the area as well as promoting its sustainability and self-sufficiency for current and future generations.
Dean Valley Regeneration Limited was set up in 2015 by a group of local residents with a wide range of professional experience, with community engagement, legal, architectural, landscaping, project management and business expertise. We are all volunteers.
Our fund raising is project led. We have been supported by the City of Edinburgh Council, Sundial Properties, local residents, SUSTRANS, a number of private trusts, the Mushroom Trust, Living Streets, and Edinburgh World Heritage Trust.
How often does the Dean Valley Regeneration Limited group meet up?
The Dean Valley Regeneration Committee meets monthly and minutes its meetings. To support the partnership with the Council the Board will be reporting to the City of Edinburgh Council Transport and Environment Committee on a regular basis.
How can I get involved?
If you complete the questions on the ‘Contact us’ page at http://deanvalley.org.uk/contact-us, we will add you to our mailing list and keep you informed about progress and planned events.
If you want to learn more about this project or get involved, we would be happy to hear from you!