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. The final report is available from the link below.

Join us for a Nature Discovery Day on Sunday 11th August.

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.

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

A pay-as-you feel cafe in a fully accessible building. The honesty-box system allows visitors to pay what they think their meal is worth, with profits being used to maintain the site and support local charities. A fully accessible building (including fully accessible toilets) is rare in Edinburgh and will allow all ages, stages and ability to enjoy the cafe. Out-of-hours, the cafe can be used by local community groups and charities to host meetings and fundraisers.

Community cafe