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.  

Ribbon-Cutting for the new Board-walk

 Ribbon-Cutting  New Boardwalk

A concerted programme of planting a range of wetland plant species has created a brand-new habitat which will be a new feature in the park. 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 is another Edinburgh Living Landscape delivered by ELGT.

Planting wetland species

Planting wetland species

The Wetland was a great success but because its surrounding areas remained fairly wet and boggy, access was sometimes challenging. We are therefore very pleased to announce that with funding support from Paths for All, ELGT has delivered the building of a new path so that the boardwalk and viewing platform can be accessed safely and easily by all park users, regardless of the weather.

The new path leading to the wetland

New path