This Land is our Land documents a community coming together to transform a neglected medieval walled garden in the heart of Granton. Currently in progress this project aims to explore how the legacy of planning decisions and access to and control over public space shapes our city. I hope that it will add to the visual documentation of Scotland’s conversation of who and what is our land really for?
This latest chapter in the garden’s long history is one of a contested space. In 2003 developers purchased the then beautifully managed and cared for garden marking it for demolition and housing development. When the financial crash put a halt to development plans the garden was left to rot for over a decade. It wasn’t until 2016 after a long and frustrating fight that members of the local community gained access to the site and permission to begin restoring the garden.
Over the last 3 years the the community group now established as Friends of Granton Castle Walled Garden, continues to move forward restoring, repairing and re-imagining the space to support and engage the broader community. While the land remains in the hands of the council however, the possibility of another development bid remains a looming threat.