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Greenyonder on the Architecture Fringe 2016

Creating green spaces in the city centre

Scottish Parliament wildflower meadow

Greenyonder Tours is delighted to be part of the new Archifringe 2016 which will run in different parts of Scotland over the first three weekends in July.

Greenyonder is offering three walking tours of Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns which together cover the history of the city centre through the ever-changing relationship between green space and the built environment. These walking tours show how people - both past and present - have claimed pockets of space to make small gardens, whether in gap sites, or in historic public places. As well as highlighting inspirational examples from both past and present, the tours consider some of the obstacles to claiming urban breathing s

Three of Greenyonder's popular walking tours of Edinburgh - with a special focus on how even small pockets of well-loved green space can make city life so much better.





Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile



Hidden Gardens of the Royal Mile


Take an easy walking tour to discover a little-known side of Edinburgh's Old Town: behind the historic buildings find the surprising number of gardens and green 'nooks and crannies', all with a story to tell. 


When Saturday 2 July - 2.30pm (prompt)


Meet Outside John Knox House (Scottish Storytelling Centre), 43 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR


Ends 4.15pm (approx) Outside the Scottish Parliament


West Port Gardeners



The Patrick Geddes Garden Tour


Celebrate the inspirational work of Patrick Geddes, the early Scots environmentalist who coined the phrase 'Think global, act local'. First, the tour offers you an introduction to Patrick Geddes's ideas for regenerating the Old Town slums of over a century ago. Then, you’ll rediscover inspiring Geddes gardens created in gap sites, and enjoy modern community gardening projects.


When Saturday 9 July - 2.30pm (prompt)


Meet Outside The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE


Ends 4.15pm (approx) West Port

Private New Town Garden



The New Town: Public and Pirvate Space


Discover the grandeur of Georgian Edinburgh through buildings and gardens designed to impress. The New Town has almost no public space, but this tour lets you see beyond the railings and will include a visit to two privately-owned New Town gardens.


When Saturday 16 July - 2.30pm (prompt)


Meet inside East Princes Street Gardens, near the Scott Monument box office, EH2 2EJ


Ends 4.15pm (approx) Corner Queen Street and Frederick Street


updated 17 July 2016