Friends Group to ‘Adopt a Monument’ & re-open Granton’s ‘secret’ Garden?

January has been a very busy  month for the Urban Detectives amongst the Friends Group. Latest find previously unrecorded ‘ancient monument files’ detailing the story of how the late-medieval castle came to be demolished in 1921. Documents sealed from public viewing for 50 years…the full tale will be coming soon.
Could the Friends Group Adopt a Monument under the Archaeology Scotland scheme?

Granton castle and the rock it stood on quarried to build Granton Harbour
Granton castle and the rock it stood on quarried to make concrete

While we were busy researching and recording the details with Historic Environment Scotland, some very unexpected news reached us in mid-January. Waterfront Edinburgh Limited finally decided to withdraw their 2003 planning application to build houses in the historic garden! The story is spreading – Hopes that granton castle garden can be kept for community…
So what does this mean for our Friends Group? Our ideas went to the developers last year for discussion. We want to re-open the garden and begin working towards sustainable community use. Friends ideas survey
First on the to-do list is a new door, steps and a wheelchair accessible footpath to reach it. – diagram below.
Wooden steps and footpath, leading to the new door through steel shuttering.

Then onwards into the garden to make sure it is safe to visit. More training and survey workshops with expert guidance from Historic Environment Scotland! Scotland’s Urban Past We hope to work in partnership with the city council, local & national organisations to re-open and restore the last of Scotland’s Lost Gardens!
Much to talk about at our upcoming action group meeting next week. Notes from our November public meeting – Inaugural AGM Nov 2015 Please get in touch if you want to come along, or have any questions.