Help ensure that the Astley Ainslie continues to benefit the whole community after the NHS leave in 2025

Attend our upcoming events:

  • Ideas : Saturday 23rd March 10am – 4pm at the Eric Liddell Centre. Drop in any time and share your ideas for the future of the site. Hourly programme of inspiring talks. Further details.
  • Vision : Sunday 31st March 2-4pm, Columcille Centre. Check out the draft community vision. Details here.

Submit your ideas here and join our mailing list.

The National Health Service is about to leave the land occupied by the Astley Ainslie Hospital – a substantial area in South Edinburgh. They are moving the services devoted to convalescence and the recovery of long-term patients to the site of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, and they are constructing new buildings there.

The Astley Ainslie is public land. It was bought in the 1920s by the Trustees of David Ainslie, who left a handsome sum of money to set up a convalescent hospital for patients from the Royal Infirmary.  The Trustees established the hospital on a substantially green site – gardens and a ladies’ golf course – which assists both in the recovery of the patients and in the health and pleasure of the surrounding neighbourhood. This, with a group of nineteenth and twentieth century buildings, is still there as a notable asset in our lives.

The Astley Ainslie Community Trust has been set up by a group of volunteers, who believe that the community as a whole would benefit from continued public ownership of the grounds.  We are working towards Community Asset Transfer to assure local social, economic and environmental benefit. We recently received Scottish Government Making Places Funding.


Find out more about the trees and flowers, the history of the site, the health benefits, or how to befriend a tree. Download our FAQ.

An opportunity for developing an ecologically beneficial co-housing community in Edinburgh, which can support a wide range of accommodation opportunities for families, young people, single people, older people with shared community resources such as laundry, kitchens, bikes and tools.


Integrated community gardens, allotments and therapeutic/rehabilitation garden spaces and children’s garden spaces that utilise the already beautiful and mature natural features of the site.

Community growing spaces