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Buttercup Farm Park: Edinburgh to get first new park in 10 years

Buttercup Farm Park
Image caption Buttercup Farm Park will be the first new park in Edinburgh for 10 years

Details of the first new public park to be created in Edinburgh in 10 years have been unveiled.

Buttercup Farm Park will be built on the site of the former Drum Brae Primary School playing fields in the west of the city.

It will be the first public park to be created in Edinburgh since Craigmillar Castle Park at the turn of the millennium.

It will have tree-lined avenues, an outdoor gym, meadows and play parks.

The design was drawn up following local consultation and the name, Buttercup Farm Park, was chosen by the community to reflect the site's history.

In the early 20th Century it was the location of Buttercup Poultry Farm, which was the UK's largest poultry farm at the time with over 200,000 laying hens.

Poultry farm

Lesley Hinds, Edinburgh City Council's transport and environment convener, said: "This will be a modern, community park with exciting new features to make Drum Brae playing fields a publicly accessible green space again.

"We received huge, overwhelming local support for naming the new park after Buttercup Poultry Farm and it's extremely exciting that work will soon begin to transform this area."

More than £35,000 of the £235,000 cost of the project has been contributed by landfill tax distributors Wren.

The park will be completed in two phases, starting in the summer with the building of pathways - a central avenue and circular path bordering the site.

The Dunblane Memorial trees will also be reinstated and seating areas and play equipment for toddlers will be built.

The second phase is due to start in 2014/15 and will include the installation of an outdoor gym, ball court, play facilities for older children and a central art feature.

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