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Bid to bring new life to parks

posted 28 Apr 2010, 06:32 by David Rintoul   [ updated 28 Apr 2010, 06:55 ]

Forgotten gardens across the Capital are set to be opened to the public for the first time under plans being considered by council chiefs.

A number of green spaces, including sites in Newington, Leith and Fountainbridge, are set to be given a new lease of life under the proposals.

Plans to open the council-owned areas to the public come after landlords vetoed attempts to open up private parks in the New Town.

Now council bosses have put forward plans to open up gardens at St Patrick Square, Gardner's Crescent, Hill Square, Pleasance Square and Gayfield Square.

It comes after the multi-million-pound revamp of St Andrew Square Garden in 2008, the first time the area had been opened to the public in its 238-year history.