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

Thanks to everyone who attended our Ideas and Vision Days in March for the future of the site. We are now preparing a draft report of the events which we will publish online over the next few weeks.  If you’ve signed up to our mailing list (see below), you’ll be notified when it’s ready.

Meanwhile, if you would like to see the initial draft vision that was presented at the Vision Day, please click on the button below. 

We had a fantastic Ideas event on the 23rd March at the Eric Liddell Centre, with over 300 people attending to take part in our programme of talks, guided walks of the side and contribute their ideas. There are further details of what took place at the event here.

The Ideas collected were collated into a draft community Vision, which was presented on Sunday 31st March. It can be downloaded here. A report of the draft vision and consultation process is being prepared and will be made available during April/May.

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.

The grounds are currently used as a safe walking/cycling route to the schools in the area.  This should be retained and enhanced with crossing points at the entrances.

Safe route to school

Voluntary groups can visit or work in. Rehabilitation through open spaces gardening, planting fruit vegetables. There is already an orchard in front of admin block behind consultants bungalow.  Caroline Beck

Community garden centre