The aim of the AACT is to retain the Astley Ainslie site for the benefit of the community, through Community Asset Transfer.
VISION FOR THE SITE: An amenity for South Edinburgh that retains the essence of the parkland setting, providing space for children, public use, wildlife and carefully integrated development in a socially diverse community all to honour David Ainslie’s original, philanthropic intention – the promotion of health through a beautiful site, both natural and gardened.
With a such a huge site (45 acres), there opportunities are almost limitless. We want to collect ideas from the community as to how the site could be used to benefit the community.
At the bottom of the page are a selection of ideas that have already been submitted.
Craft Centre, open 7 days a week, where people of all ages could come to engage with craft, such as weaving, knitting, crochet, spinning, sawing, felting, woodwork, pottery etc. Courses and self-support groups would be available and people could get together socially over craft activity. Individuals and families could come when they can, day and… Continue reading Craft Centre
Persuade the NHS to keep this absolutely vital facility! I spent five months recovering from a stroke there and the beautiful natural grounds were absolutely crucial. The Royal Infirmary offered no natural beauty and mental healing. Utterly appalled. Gillian Ferguson
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.
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.
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… Continue reading Community cafe
Blackford pavilion houses the present dining room. This is a large bright room with large windows looking South onto a garden with Blackford Hill in the background. It would make a lovely community hall and could even have catering facilities. Roger Kellett.
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
While there is a playground by Saint Peter’s school, it is fairly small and quite urban in nature – metal equipment, padded surface. An adventure playground could be built to encourage more adventurous play.
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.