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New Edinburgh park built on site of historic Buttercup Dairy farm

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The first new park to be built in Edinburgh for fifteen years has opened - on the site of the old Buttercup Farm, owned by Andrew Ewing, founder of the famous Buttercup Dairy Company. At its peak, the Buttercup Dairy had over 250 shops in Scotland and the north of England.

The new Buttercup Farm Park was opened last week by Mr Ewing’s relatives, including great nieces and nephews and children of former poultry farm workers, some of whom had lived on the farm.

The £235,000 project, designed by City of Edinburgh Council, was supported with funding from Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) and Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN) and will be completed in two phases.

The initial phase, now finished, has seen the implementation of a new park landscape, play area and toddler zone with lawn, picnic tables and seating. The second phase will begin in autumn, and will involve the planting of trees and preparation of wildflower meadows.

Local author Bill Scott, who wrote 'The Buttercup – The Remarkable Story of Andrew Ewing and the Buttercup Company', also joined the celebrations. His novel charts the success of Andrew Ewing, who started out life as a penniless child in Stranraer but went on to establish one of the most successful poultry businesses of his time, including the 86-acre Buttercup Farm.

A generous and religious man, Mr Ewing refused to charge for any eggs laid at his farm on a Sunday, donating more than 100,000 to hospitals every week, and eventually died without any money, having given most of it away.

Buttercup Farm Park, Drumbrae, Edinburgh.

(Park image copyright Edinburgh City Council)

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