“Winter fun in Edinburgh”

TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) visited the site at the end of 2016 and helped us to plant spring bulbs and build a dead hedge in the Secret Garden. Here is a link to their blog. Their Warriston cemetery visit is recorded about half-way down the page…



Remembrance Sunday, 2017.

Thank you to the Rev. Joanne Foster for leading the Service, to Dr Mark Taylor for playing a moving lament afterwards, to Councillor and Mrs Whyte for laying a wreath on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council, to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for their continuing care of the monument and to our members for attending this morning. It was a beautiful morning, but very cold.


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Previously… Scotland’s History Festival 2017.

We are taking part in this year’s History Festival by providing a Guided Tour of Warriston cemetery.

Event details;

Date: Thursday 23 November 2017.
Time: 1.30pm.
Duration: 1.5 hours.
Cost: £5 (free to children under 12 years).
Extra info: Waterproofs and “sensible footwear” required.
Event venue: Warriston cemetery.
Venue address: Main Gate, 42 Warriston Gardens, Edinburgh EH3 5NE.
Ticket purchase: Pay at gate. Booking essential.

Contact emailfriendsofwarristoncemetery@gmail.com

Here’s what you can expect on the day…

A guided tour of Edinburgh’s first designed garden cemetery, opened in 1843, formerly neglected in parts but now being cleared of excess weeds by the Friends of Warriston Cemetery. Many of Edinburgh’s Victorian society members lie within, some with distinctive monuments and all with stories to be told. There are architects, artists, astronomers, botanists, doctors, entertainers, historians, horticulturists, ministers, military personnel, photographers, scientists, sculptors, teachers – all manner of occupations. And there’s wildlife too, in this Local Biodiversity Site.

History Festival websitewww.historyfest.co.uk/

Friends of Warriston Cemetery 4th Birthday. July 4th 2017.

Next workable session was on the 8th of July…

“We became four years old on Tuesday! But we were rained off. Again. So, we had to wait until today to have our birthday cake, with the requisite number of candles. Of course. And if our overseas viewers don’t understand this, watch this! The Two Ronnies Make sure you have the sound on. Everyone else knows it’s worth seeing again….”

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Wildlife, June and July 2017

Some of the wildlife spotted in the cemetery between the beginning of June and the end of July.

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Ringo, the Robin.




Speckled Wood Butterfly.


Green Bottle Fly.


Young Great Spotted Woodpecker. They were nesting on the site again this year.


Speckled Wood Butterfly.


Red Admiral butterfly.




Green-veined White butterfly.