Late-Medieval Walled Garden in the middle of Granton?

This secret walled garden has somehow survived for over 450 years, through wars and industrialisation, changing fashions in garden design and neglect. Mary Queen of Scots was a toddler when Granton Castle had to be rebuilt after ‘the Burning of Edinburgh’ by Henry VIII.

The Castle was demolished in the 1920’s after standing there since ~1544. Each owner through the centuries added to it, but eventually it was left as a ruin. The attached walled garden however was always useful, and was maintained with uses ranging from fruit and vegetable growing to more ornamental flower production and a pleasure garden in Victorian times.

Since 1914 it has been used as a market garden producing cut flowers and tender annuals. Now it is a little overgrown with an air of faded grandeur, but the remains of a Heritage Orchard are still productive.

“A delightful taEast Wall - trained fruit trees ngle of flowers, fruit trees and crumbling glasshouses”

A number of community members have fallen in love with this garden’s remarkable history and survival story. Late-medieval style walled gardens are very rare nationally, and it is a bit of a miracle to find one in the middle of the industrialised waterfront area in Granton.

We want to help restore and maintain this beautiful garden for future generations to enjoy!


About Mossytwig

Working in North Edinburgh towards sustainable greenspace development. Community food growing, permaculture, orchards and gardens for wildlife.
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2 Responses to Late-Medieval Walled Garden in the middle of Granton?

  1. Anna Smith says:

    What a magical find – this is a fabulous looking garden rich in history and beauty. I can’t wait to come and see it with my own eyes! Does anyone know if there are apple trees here with apples that are going to waste?

    I work with New Caledonian Woodlands, an environmental charity based in Edinburgh. One of our projects, Fruitful Woods, brings people experiencing mental ill health and social exclusion together to make home-made jams, chutneys and juice, supporting them to rebuild life skills and re-enter employment.

    This is the programme’s first year and unfortunately we don’t have as many apples as we anticipated… Instead of letting excess apples rot away and attract mice, let us take them off your hands and give you a bottle of fresh apple juice and apple jam in return! If this garden doesn’t have any apple trees, does anyone know of any orchards or people with apple trees? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

    Rest assured that all of the profits will go back into delivering our projects throughout Scotland.
    Please get in touch to arrange collection: or call on 0131 332 1555.

    Thank you!

  2. Garnet says:

    I spent a lot of time to find something like this

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