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Corstorphine Hill Local Nature Reserve, Edinburgh
Corstorphine Hill Local Nature Reserve is a natural heritage park with large areas of mature woodland and grassland. At its highest point 531 feet (161 metres) visitors get stunning views of the city.
The park is one of the largest greenspaces in Edinburgh, about 85 Ha, close the Edinburgh Zoo in West Edinburgh. Corstorphine Hill is a long low ridge about 500ft (161m) high stretching from Murrayfield almost to Edinburgh Airport. The park has been awarded a Green Flag since 2010, in recognition of it being a quality greenspace.
The lower slopes are mostly suburban housing and golf courses, and the summit, mostly wooded is the Nature Reserve/Park. It is directly North of Edinburgh Zoo.
It is extensively used by dog walkers, family ramblers, joggers and cyclists. There is a famous colony of about 30 badgers on the Hill. There are over 200 species of wild plants on the Hill, many quite rare.
Corstorphine Hill Tower, a historic folly at the summit, has one of the best panoramic views in Edinburgh and is opened by the Friends Group every Sunday afternoon from May-September.
The Friends of Corstorphine Hill started in 1999 with a project to restore the derelict walled garden on the west slope of the Hill. This took about 8 years to complete and it is now an award winning Community Garden maintained by the Friends.
The Friends organise monthly guided walks on the Hill over the summer, and evening talks of historical or environmental interest over the winter. We have about 500 members, and about 70 active volunteers.
There are currently no facilities listed for Corstorphine Hill Local Nature Reserve.
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