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The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s major development plans for its nursery garden pose a problem: the nursery is situated within a conservation area and adjacent to listed buildings.

Neighbours have worked together to campaign against the industrial nature of the plans and for repositioning within the nursery.

Malcolm Chisholm MSP, our local councillors (Nigel Bagshaw, Gavin Barrie, Lesley Hinds and Iain Whyte), our community council and the Inverleith Society have all supported us.

There have been concessions, most notably (after a long struggle), a public hearing and, very recently, a welcome reduction in the extent of industrialisation proposed.

But still the plans feature a huge greenhouse and industrial chimney very close to the gardens of listed buildings and a staff building hard against another house.

Because the nursery is large, it is not necessary to site developments so close to residential buildings. We hope tomorrow’s hearing will address this fundamental issue.

Judith Duncan

Inverleith Avenue