Storytelling Event

Scottish International Storytelling Festival event on Wednesday 20th of October “FOLK TALES FROM THE GARDEN” in Hopetoun Crescent Garden, Edinburgh.

Donald Smith, Festival Director conducted a guided walk and talk looking at the trees and plants etc in our garden. Michael Kerins entertained the young children with his lovely stories of “Stone Soup “and ” Wee Tom”

Great to see some of the children from our local nursery schools attending with parents, grandparents and carers.

Michael Kerins tells his tales.

The nursery school Bright Horizons want to help maintain a small section of the garden for us and would like to get some of the parents to generally help on a Saturday from 10.30 to 12.30 weather permitting.

We are delighted with their enthusiasm so another really wonderful side to the community coming together. 

Thank you to everyone who attended our first storytelling event.

In all, a lovely day with good weather.

Our very grateful thanks to all the wonderful helpers who put up and took down the gazebo, sold home baked cakes, cards and mugs and then cleared up as well. Thank you also to Margaret and Stewart Wright for their very kind gift of all the mugs to sell.

Much appreciated. Everyone is now looking forward to getting the woodchip, logs etc in on Monday. Watch this space.

Great News for the garden.

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a “Places Called Home” grant of £4,750 from The National Lottery Community Fund and IKEA UK. A very welcome boost to our work to increase use of the garden through cultural events, regeneration of the barren areas and a sensory play area for children. Follow our progress on this site!

Family Event: Story telling


Hopetoun Crescent Garden

Free family event

Wednesday 20th Oct. 11am.




0131 556 9579.

The Garden Party returns!

After two years, we were able to hold the Annual Garden Party of the Friends of Hopetoun Crescent Garden yesterday, and folks arrived in their Sunday finery as usual. Hats were not obligatory, but they made this into a fun, celebratory occasion after months and months of pandemic isolation. The rain even kept off, and we were fortunate for lovely spells of warm sun whilst our two musicians Elspeth Porter & Bill Wallace entertained us during lunch with some serene accordion music.

The weather had been carefully monitored by a local resident, the retired metrologist, Alex Hill, so despite the heavy rain on Saturday threatening cancellation at the last moment, there was no need to do so.

The 3 Ps were there also in the food tent for all to enjoy. Pizzas, Pastas and Prosecco generously donated and served up by our local Italian restaurateur Vittoria’s of Leith Walk.

Our local MP Deirdre Brock and MSP Ben MacPherson mingled among local residents and Friends of the Garden catching up after so many months of isolation.

In the worker’s tent, plans for the garden were displayed, together with photographs of some of the activities that had taken place over the year, by the committee, volunteers and the corporate team of abrdn plc ( Standard Life Aberdeen).

A new innovation this year, photographic views of the garden by the artist Jenny Bruce were on sale in the form of Greetings and Christmas Cards.

The trees were even decked with bunting and many of the GREEN FLAGS the garden has received over the years previously were on show.

Even clearing up after a successful day turns out to be fun.

Do watch how a gazebo can be dismantled so quickly, All the noisy clicks and bangs are not it breaking as I thought, but it has a clever way of assembly and dismantling. This amazing piece of kit was kindly leant to us by local residents and members of the Friends Heather and Jordan.

A great day was had by all and we send our thanks and appreciation to all our sponsors, supporters and donors of plants, bushes and wood chip.

Roll on our next event.

Photos of the event will be posted over the next few days