Butterfly Garden
Pennywell Road, Edinburgh

Formerly a car park for a housing development sales hut, this tiny space had before that been a semi wild shrubbery with lilacs, native trees and bushes, and a variety of self seeded plants. The project was commissioned in 2020 by Urban Union and North Edinburgh Arts to restore the space into one specifically for nature, and the planting was developed to encourage butterflies and other winged insects to feed and breed there.

 The pathway through was central to the design as many people used the space as a cut through to the adjoining road from the bus stop. On either side of this is the lavender lined pathway, surrounded by small turf spaces for relaxing on and borders of pollinator attracting species. The outer edges of the garden to both sides are put over to wildflowers and bulbs to extend the availability of pollen to locally feeding insects.

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