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6th March 2018
Edinburgh World Heritage
Last year marked the 250th anniversary of the founding of Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town. It was an apt occasion for work to begin on the publication of John Byrom’s much-awaited manual on the gardens that are so integral to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The book is the result of decades of research, providing detailed guidance on the long term management and maintenance of Edinburgh’s 47 circus, square, crescent and informal grid-edge gardens that has remained previously unpublished.
These gardens are very special, specifically designed to add colour and vibrancy to the city’s urban landscape – lush green contrasts to the classical sandstone architecture. They not only contribute aesthetically to Edinburgh’s ‘outstanding universal value’, they are also communal spaces, looked after and enjoyed by the residents of the surrounding buildings.
Edinburgh World Heritage has provided funding for this publication, along with Edinburgh Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and the F.E Cleary Heritage Fund, administered by the Georgian Group. We launched our first crowdfunding campaign last year and raised over £1200 from backers – thank you to everyone who got involved.
Edinburgh World Heritage is especially appreciative of the support of Margaret Hodges, whose late husband Desmond was tremendously keen to see this handbook published as an accompaniment to The Care and Conservation of Georgian Houses. Desmond, the first Director of the New Town Conservation Committee, was a key figure in the community led, conservation based regeneration of Edinburgh’s historic centre.
We are pleased to announce that the book is nearing completion, and will be released in spring. Below is a first-look at some of its contents.
Keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for more updates.