Edinburgh values its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, renowned for its setting, history and built heritage. Parks and greenspaces are integral to this. They serve as a stage for our public lives and are settings where celebrations are held, where social exchanges take place, where friends mix, where cultures run into each other, where nature thrives, and where people revive themselves from the stresses of urban living.
Portobello Community Garden is located on the site of the former open air paddling pool adjacent to Portobello Promenade. The garden was developed by the local community in 2006 when grant funding was secured to turn the unused and derelict site into a pleasant pocket park. This green space provides a welcoming and interesting space for for passive recreation and is valued and enjoyed by local people and visitors to Portobello. Planted with a diverse range of plant species that are salt tolerant and suited to a dry sandy soil, a shell mulching covers the plantings to retain the seaside feel within this space. The attractive Coade Stone Pillars dating from the early 19th Century provides an interesting local historic link and feature. Originally from the garden of Aryle House in Portobello the listed pillars were restored and relocated to the garden.
The Council and Portobello Amenity Society are committed to maintaining the garden as an attractive and welcoming green space.