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, 09/23/2019 - 19:31
Water of Leith Trust have an update of the Dean landslip. Legal proceedings are currently paused until November for discussions.
Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:39
Ash dieback, a fungus which affects ash trees, is beginning to weaken and kill trees in the Dean village and Dean valley. It is caused by a fungus, Hymenoscyphus fraxineus also known as Chalara ,which blocks the water transport systems in trees causing leaf loss, lesions in the wood and...
Sun, 06/16/2019 - 17:18
Anthony Gormley’s ‘ironman’ statue has returned to the Water of Leith at Stockbridge, part of a larger installation entitled 6 TIMES which was originally installed along the length of the river in 2010. However those in the river had to be removed because the original design, which allowed the statues...