Hailes Quarry Park wetland habitat transformation

ELGT and teams of volunteers spent 2016 creating a brand-new wetland habitat in Hailes Quarry Park - turning a problem area in the park into an exciting new feature.

The badly-drained section of the park has long been a problem and Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust together with the park steering group came up with a solution - to transform the site into a brand-new wetland area to become home to wetland plants and wildlife. The problem dates back to the park’s days as a quarry which closed due to flooding before being filled in, capped in clay and then turned into a park. This area is still the lowest point of the park, floods regularly and is damp and boggy for most of the year, making it out of bounds for park users and difficult to mow and look after

Thanks to funding from the Postcode Local Trust which is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery we were able to improve the access to the wetland area. Our project recieved £20,000 from the Trust to build a boardwalk and to facilitate community activities to encourage people to learn about the local nature.  

A concerted programme of planting a range of wetland plant species will create a brand-new habitat which will be a new feature in the park and which, once established will be home to birds and even amphibians as well as a host of native wetland plants. With the park being next to the Union Canal, the new wetland area will be a valuable part of the green corridor either side of the tow path and the canal’s banks.

The new wetland will help ELGT deliver another Edinburgh Living Landscape.