The medieval garden – once a hunting lodge for James IV - looked set to have 17 new townhouses built on it, before community groups stepped in and campaigned for it to be conserved. After meeting with the groups, council-owned EDI agreed to retain the site as a community market garden as well as a café and shop.
Deidre supported the campaign to save and regenerate the historic garden. Commenting on the decision, the Edinburgh North and Leith MP said:
"It's great for Granton that the future of the historic walled garden looks more secure now. The walled garden has a fascinating history but has been a wasteland for too long. We still have to see the final shape of the plans, but credit goes to EDI for listening to the community and taking on board their concerns.
"Both the Friends of Granton Castle Walled Garden and the Granton Improvement Society came up with fantastic – albeit very different – visions for the use of this land. Now it looks as though there may be a way forward to retain the site and I hope everyone can work together to make sure the plans for the garden are as strong as they can be."
"Granton needs new homes but it also needs to protect its social history and green spaces. We must all work to ensure this hidden gem of Granton is returned to its former glory for the whole community to enjoy."
- Deidre received confirmation of the decision from EDI in a letter dated today, 8/11/16
- Friends of Granton Walled Garden: https://grantoncastlewalledgarden.wordpress.com
- Granton Improvement Society: https://grantonimprovementsociety.wordpress.com