Edinburgh Parks Manifesto Consultation

Closed 21 Mar 2014

Opened 20 Jan 2014

Feedback Updated 20 Oct 2014

We Asked

What improvements could be made to the decision-making and event management framework? We asked for your recommendations on how the Edinburgh Parks Events Manifesto could be improved to help balance the needs of both event operators and park users.

You Said

A number of issues were raised relating to the number of large events per park, the types of events considered, the duration of events, the length of time between events, the overall management of events and the application/consultation process. There were a significant number of responses concerned about the high number of large events on the Meadows, Princes Street Gardens, Inverleith Park and Leith Links. On the other hand, a number of respondents suggested that parks could accommodate more large events over the year.

We Did

We reduced the maximum number of events from 5 to 4 at Leith Links and Roseburn Park, in order to reduce the impact on sports use. To sustain, or even increase the number of large events across the city, event organisers will be encouraged to consider alternative venues - thereby spreading the number of large events across a wider range of parks and other open spaces. Based on your comments, the decision was made to retain the principle that East Princes Street Gardens can be used for Winter Festival activities over the November and December period. The maximum number of days that an event can operate in other public parks will remain at 15 with the exceptions of Calton Hill, which is limited to 7, and the space in the Meadows during the August festival, which will be set at 23 days (plus set up and breakdown operations). The Council has extended the required ‘turf rest’ period between events from a minimum of two weeks to four weeks (making exceptions where the level of impact on turf from the event is minimal and the parks officers are happy with the recovery) to take respondents’ concerns into consideration.


We have begun a public consultation on our Edinburgh Parks Events Manifesto and we need your help to raise awareness and encourage members of the public to complete our survey.

We take great pride that the City’s parks are home to a number of high profile festivals and events every year. These events enhance our city’s reputation, generate significant economic benefit for the region and add to Edinburgh’s cultural and community activity. However, it’s also recognised that these events can impact on the parks themselves, as well as how they are used by local people and others.

What is the manifesto for?
Our “Edinburgh Parks Events Manifesto” helps us to assess which events take place within our parks and green spaces. It outlines how many events should take place in each park and provides the criteria to help us decide if a request is suitable.

As well as providing criteria tailored to those parks used most frequently for events, the document also provides a framework for a balanced events programme and aims to make sure that the quality of the land is maintained to the highest standard possible.
We want to hear the views of all people who have an interest in Edinburgh’s parks.

Why We Are Consulting

The Manifesto has been in place for the past three years and we now need to review whether it has been a successful management tool and whether there could be any improvements made to it. We are now seeking public views on this document.


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