Documents

Dean Valley Walkway: First Phase Feasibility Study

This ‘Proposed Dean Valley Renovation: First Phase Feasibility Study’ follows on from the Conservation Statement and Biodiversity Scoping Study and focuses on the Council–owned pathway (the gardens are not owned and accessed publicly) between Dean Village and St Bernard’s Bridge.

Second Phase Feasibility Study

This Feasibility Study aims to review the previous studies and documentary research; assess the current condition of the second phase study area and prepare outline sketch designs to address the findings along the public areas of the Dean Valley. This study is also required to provide an outline specification and cost estimates for the proposals.

Dean Valley Conservation Statement

The Conservation Statement was commissioned by the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and part-funded by Historic Scotland (now Historic Environment Scotland) in 2014. Its purpose is to establish a basic understanding of the Dean Valley as a whole and how the three private gardens interact with the walkway landcsape. It addresses common issues and develops management policies for the whole designed landscapes. It also outlines a possible early action programme for the Council-owned walkway along the Dean Valley. It was published in July 2015.     

Dean Valley maps and figures

Figure 1: Site boundary and garden areas. Figure 2: Principal features. Figure 3: Views and visual survey. Figure 4: Enclosures, walls, railings and fences. Figure 5: Paths and circulation. Figure 6: Conservation and management policies. Courtesy of Edinburgh World Heritage 

Historical maps of Dean Valley

Historical map 1: 1871 Robert Kirkwood, City of Edinburgh and environments. Historical map 2: 1851 Alfred Lancefield, Johnson's Plan of Edinburgh and Leith. Historical map 3: 1853 Ordnance Survey, 1st edition 1:500 scale. Historical map 4: 1896 Ordnance Survey, 1st edition 1:2500 scale. Courtesy of Edinburgh World Heritage

Cycle Survey 2018

A survey of cyclists who use the walkway was conducted during April and May 2018. The survey was conducted entirely online and advertised on the DVRL’s website, Facebook and Twitter. Local cycling and community groups were also contacted via email.

Pedestrian traffic in Dean Valley

Living Streets Scotland, a charity promoting safe everyday walking in the UK, installed automatic counters beside St Bernard's Well, in the heart of Dean Valley, to find out how many people use the walkway on a daily basis. This documents contains the numbers for September and December 2015, as well as March, June and August 2016.

Pedestrian traffic in Dean Valley August 2017

Living Streets Scotland, a charity promoting safe everyday walking in the UK, installed automatic counters beside St Bernard's Well, in the heart of Dean Valley, to find out how many people use the walkway on a daily basis. This documents contains the numbers for August 2017.

Pedestrian traffic in Dean Valley Nov. 2017

Living Streets Scotland, a charity promoting safe everyday walking in the UK, installed automatic counters beside St Bernard's Well, in the heart of Dean Valley, to find out how many people use the walkway on a daily basis. This documents contains the numbers for November 2017.

Dean Valley Biodiversity Scoping Document

The biodiversity scoping document for the Dean Valley 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.

Progress report - August 2016

Progress report as of August 2016

Land ownership issues - July 2016

This paper summarises issues of legal land ownership and possible outcomes relating to the possible regeneration of the Dean Valley. In particular, this seeks to indicate what, if any, may be the possible consequences for City of Edinburgh Council over maintenance and particularly what, if any, additional obligations may arise. It also seeks to summarise what legal work may be required either in advance of the anticipated work being carried out.

Edinburgh Gardens and Squares Conference

The Scottish enlightenment manifested in the gardens and squares of Edinburgh's New Town. Brochure from The Garden History Society's successful and well received Edinburgh Conference, held on Friday 26 September 2014. Courtesy of The Garden History Society