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11 October 2023

Free exhibition on the future of Holyrood Park

Members of the public invited to have their say on the future of Edinburgh’s iconic park

A photo of Arthur's Seat with blue skies in the background

An exhibition on the Outline Strategic Plan for Holyrood Park will take place this week (Saturday 14 October) as Historic Environment Scotland (HES) encourages people to have their say on the future of the iconic park.

The free exhibition will take place at the Education Centre in Holyrood Park from 10am to 5pm and members of the public are invited to drop in to find out more about the Plan, provide their feedback and take part in the consultation survey.

HES representatives will also be at various locations in the city on Thursday 12, Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October to provide further information on the Outline Strategic Plan and answer questions from members of the public.

HES’s Outline Strategic Plan showcases detailed principles, vision and objectives to deliver a new future for Holyrood Park that could help further transform the Park into a climate positive asset for Scotland, strengthen its iconic status and provide further wellbeing benefits. The Plan is being shaped with communities and stakeholders to ensure that future proposals reflect the needs of all park users.

The online survey will run until Tuesday 19 December, with the feedback received directly informing the final Strategic Plan which is due to be published next year.

Participants will be asked how they currently use the Park, what they believe the priorities should be for the Park and the role Holyrood Park should play in Edinburgh’s future.

Martin Gray, Ranger and Visitor Services Manager at HES, said:

“This Outline Strategic Plan is the first step in delivering a new future for Edinburgh’s iconic park and I encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more or providing direct face-to-face feedback to come along to our drop-in exhibition or one of our pop-up locations.

We hope to hear from as many people as possible to ensure that the people of Edinburgh and Scotland are at the heart of the Strategic Plan."

Take part in the online consultation which closes on Tuesday 19 December.

Find out more about the Outline Strategic Plan or explore the virtual engagement room.

HES representatives will be available at the following locations this week:

Thursday 12 October
10am to 5pm: Sainsburys, Meadowbank Shopping Park, 8 Moray Park Terrace, EH7 5TN

Friday 13 October
10am to 1pm: Craigmillar Library, 101 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DS
1pm to 5pm: The Meadows, Melville Drive, EH9 1ND

Saturday 14 October
10am to 5pm: Exhibition at Holyrood Park Education Centre, Queen's Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG
10am to 5pm: Broad Pavement Car Park, Holyrood Park, Queen’s Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES) 

  • We are the lead body for Scotland’s historic environment, a charity dedicated to the advancement of heritage, culture, education and environmental protection. It is at the forefront of researching and understanding the historic environment and addressing the impacts of climate change on its future, investigating and recording architectural and archaeological sites and landscapes across Scotland and caring for more than 300 properties of national importance. We are also the lead on delivering Scotland's strategy for the historic environment, Our Past, Our Future.
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For further information, please contact:

Stacey Shaw
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
07721 959 962