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  • Parklets spring up to brighten Edinburgh

    Dobbies Garden Centres, Essential Edinburgh and The City of Edinburgh Council are teaming up to create two mini gardens.

    The two ?parklets? will see space previously used for cars used in an imaginative way for people to enjoy instead ? in a UK first.

    Edinburgh is the venue for two enchanting spaces in the Capital?s flagship thoroughfare of George Street.

    The creative work has been taken on by Dobbies, who are designing, building and planting the urban gardens ? with one themed to reflect the street?s high fashion offering and the other to emphasise its outstanding food and drink.

    It?s an exciting experiment to show what can be done in a busy city centre street, and fits in with the ongoing one-year trial to look at various ways in which George Street can be an even more attractive and enticing place for both residents and visitors.

    Each urban garden will be 12m x 4m in size, and they have been designed and planted by the experts from Dobbies Garden Centres to create peaceful, colourful, scent-filled oases in the heart of the city.

    One will be between Castle Street and Frederick Street and will be themed ?Colours? to reflect fashion, with the other ?Cocktails? to reflect the street?s hospitality offering situated between Frederick Street and Hanover Street.

    Flowers, herbs, shrubs, trees will all be creatively employed along with quality seating, planters and garden structures to create a blaze of bold colour to be enjoyed by all.

    The urban gardens will be in situ until September when the traffic order which enables the George Street trial is due to end.

    Andy King, managing director of Dobbies said: ?These urban gardens show that whatever the size of the outdoor space you have, you can still do something wonderful with it.

    ?We believe we?ve created mini oases in a space that was used for traffic in what is a UK first.?

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