Dean Valley Regeneration


The Dean Valley Regeneration project is a not-for-profit restoration initiative, made up of volunteers from the community seeking to breathe new life into one of Scotland’s most important and beautiful historic landscapes – the Dean Valley in Edinburgh’s New Town.


The Dean Valley forms the backdrop to Edinburgh’s Georgian city, built from 1767, and represents one of the most significant historical and architectural designed landscape gardens in Scotland.  Today the area offers an oasis of picturesque beauty and calm to local residents and tourists alike, a hidden gem in the heart of the city.

Over the years the linear park has been neglected and is now in urgent need of renovation and care, in order to preserve it for future generations. Renovation offers a significant opportunity to ensure that this unique location, set within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site, can be enjoyed for many years to come.

The theme of our project is an historic landscape renovation, to include the walkway and its built structures of walls, bridges, railings and embankments, creating a community focus, both to improve the shared amenity of the area as well as promoting its sustainability and self-sufficiency for current and future generations.

If would like to learn more, please visit the Dean Valley conservation statement. Copies are also lodged at Stockbridge Public Library and the National Library for Scotland.

You can also download historic maps of Dean Valley,  figures (maps) of the conservation area and the Dean Valley Biodiversity Scoping Document, a document for the Dean Valley that was commissioned by us with funding from the City Neighbourhood partnership to review nature conservation issues and linkages to the Edinburgh Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

If you want to learn more about this project or get involved, we would be happy to hear from you!

Latest News

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 01:37
Every morning the grey heron (Ardea cinerea) flies in to the Dean Valley for a tasty meal at the bottom of the weir on the Water of Leith. Probably little fish and frogs. It is easy to wade about in the shallows and its sharp eyes spot the flickering movement...
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:32
Water of Leith is overcome with the three cornered leek (Allium triquetrum) a kind of wild garlic. In the last five years it has come to dominate the riverbanks in April and May. Though pretty it is highly invasive and very difficult to eradicate. It was brought over to the...
Sun, 04/19/2020 - 18:22
The footbridge in the Dean Village at Damside and Hawthornbank Lane, within Edinburgh’s World Heritage site, has been closed for Health and Safety reasons. You can see from the picture that the steps are badly eroded. A survey which was carried out by our surveyor in 2018 has said that...