The South East Wedge Parklands form an important green space link between the historic core of the city centre and the surrounding countryside, providing the city with convenient access to a broad and diverse range of opportunities for outdoor recreation and enjoyment of the countryside. It also fulfils an important conservation function as a wildlife corridor which contributes to the quality of the city setting.
The Craigmillar Landscape Master Plan provides a vision for the South East Wedge Parklands which lie between the Edmonstone and Craigmillar ridges and forms the valley of the Niddrie Burn. This area contains three major historical estates which form a chain running from Dalkeith Palace to Holyrood Park. The area also comprises the major residential areas of Craigmillar, Greendykes and the Moredun, as well as, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the associated Centre for Bio-medical Research.
It is intended that much of this land, presently in agriculture use, will be developed through a series of projects into a new recreational landscape, renewing the resource and creating a landscape for the 21st century.
Much of the land is in mixed ownership. The development of the land will be related to other major projects in the area. It is important to integrate development proposals, to achieve a consistent high quality and importantly establish a sound and sustainable basis for land management.
PARC is working closely with the City of Edinburgh Council and partners to ensure open spaces and sports and leisure opportunities are an integral part of the regeneration process and available for all.
The component projects within the Craigmillar/Edmonstone greenspace that form the basic framework for the renewed landscape include: Edmonstone Policies, Community Woodland, The Niddrie Burn Corridor, The Meadows, Craigmillar Sports Centre and Craigmillar Countryside Park.