Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Future of Cammo Estate

Cammo Estate is a lovely green area of Edinburgh that was recently made into a Local Nature Reserve. The council sold a property near the estate and tthe funds from that sale along with matched funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund are to go to the restoration of  the estate. Three design options have been put forward, with varying elements of utilisation of the ruined historical buildings and improvement of the local biodiversity. All options include establishing a much needed cafe and having toilets that are open all the time. The options aren't set in stone and elements of each option can be combined.

The option I voted for is the one that preserves the estate much as it currently is and uses the Lodge House (the building at the entrance that is used for exhibitions, and has toilets, but is only currently open two days a week) as the cafe. Though I also chose the idea from oneof the other options of setting up a wetland area at the edge of the estate. The other options I feel include too many infrastructure developments that risk the estate becoming over-run with people to the detriment of the wildlife and the current air of tranquility of the estate.

If you're in Edinburgh and care about the future of Cammo Estate, then you can drop into the Lodge House today or tomorrow and comment on the proposals (you can read the outline proposals here). Meanwhile, here are some photos of the estate






6 comments:

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

Let's hope it works out for the best

Rabbits' Guy said...

Great for the using public to give their thoughts.

Pietro Brosio said...

A peaceful area, very nice views.

Janneke said...

Beautiful quiet and peaceful area near to the hussle bussle of the city.

Jamie Purves said...

It's a little green haven at the edge of the City. I expect the snowdrops will be out soon in the walled garden. I like the wetland idea but I thought they'd earmarked the fields for building!

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Jamie, they're not going to build housing on any part of Cammo Estate but on some of the nearby fields (which are havens for tree sparrows, yellowhammers, skylarks and reed buntings). The proposed wetland area would be on one of the fields within the estate. The snowdrops are already starting to come out.