Dean Valley Regeneration


The Dean Valley Regeneration project is a not-for-profit restoration initiative, made up of volunteers from the community seeking to breathe new life into one of Scotland’s most important and beautiful historic landscapes – the Dean Valley in Edinburgh’s New Town.


The Dean Valley forms the backdrop to Edinburgh’s Georgian city, built from 1767, and represents one of the most significant historical and architectural designed landscape gardens in Scotland.  Today the area offers an oasis of picturesque beauty and calm to local residents and tourists alike, a hidden gem in the heart of the city.

Over the years the linear park has been neglected and is now in urgent need of renovation and care, in order to preserve it for future generations. Renovation offers a significant opportunity to ensure that this unique location, set within the Edinburgh World Heritage Site, can be enjoyed for many years to come.

The theme of our project is an historic landscape renovation, to include the walkway and its built structures of walls, bridges, railings and embankments, creating a community focus, both to improve the shared amenity of the area as well as promoting its sustainability and self-sufficiency for current and future generations.

If would like to learn more, please visit the Dean Valley conservation statement. Copies are also lodged at Stockbridge Public Library and the National Library for Scotland.

You can also download historic maps of Dean Valley,  figures (maps) of the conservation area and the Dean Valley Biodiversity Scoping Document, a document for the Dean Valley that was commissioned by us with funding from the City Neighbourhood partnership to review nature conservation issues and linkages to the Edinburgh Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

If you want to learn more about this project or get involved, we would be happy to hear from you!

Latest News

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 17:01
Last summer, in a very quiet moment, new Dean Village resident Claire spotted and filmed an otter family frolicking in the Water of Leith. Having lived in Edinburgh all her life she has recently come into town and downsized into a redevelopment which marries the old and the new. She...
Mon, 01/13/2020 - 01:16
Dean our labradoodle mascot is enjoying a paddle in the river to celebrate the publication of the Vision for regeneration of the Dean Valley. The first step towards an application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund is the production of an Expression of Interest, and ours has been produced by...
Thu, 11/28/2019 - 23:28
Uncleared leaves in the Dean Valley on its public walkway are causing slippery and unsafe conditions to pedestrians. One walker spoke of recommending that it was not safe for his daughter to use the path. With cold weather on the way and the possibility of the wet leaves becoming frozen...