Plan for woodland cemetery near Danderhall

The burial ground is inspired by the Stockholm Woodland Cemetery. Picture: Getty
The burial ground is inspired by the Stockholm Woodland Cemetery. Picture: Getty
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A LANDMARK burial ground and crematorium inspired by the world heritage-listed Stockholm Woodland Cemetery in Sweden is set to be built in the Capital.

Developers behind new plans for the multi-faith facility at Edmonstone Estate, next to Danderhall, said they were aiming to make it the best in Britain.

The Edmonstone Estate. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The Edmonstone Estate. Picture: Ian Georgeson

And they predicted it would help Edinburgh meet rising demand for burial sites over the next half-century.

As well as woodland plots and a crematorium, the 68-acre cemetery will feature a memorial garden, chapel of rest and new parkland.

Robin Holder, of HolderPlanning, said: “Inspired by the Stockholm Woodland Cemetery designed by Gunnar Asplund, which has become a World Heritage Site, this facility has the potential to be the best in the UK, providing a high quality resting place in a beautiful landscape for people of all faiths.”

Plans for the new facility come as Edinburgh struggles to create burial space amid a growing shortage of graveyard sites.

While the exact number of plots set to be offered is not known, Mr Holder said there would be a significant boost to overall capacity within the Capital.

He said: “It also makes very good use of land which is 
currently derelict and hardly used because of numerous mine shafts.

“Indeed, most of the site is currently not accessible to the public because of the danger this presents.

“The development of a cemetery and crematorium will allow for remediation of the land, and its use as parkland.”

While airing concerns over air pollution and congestion, locals said they were generally supportive of the plans – and that they were preferable to a housing development.

Speedwell Avenue resident Jean Stewart, 69, said: “We all have to go some time and these have to be built somewhere.

“I think there might be an initial shock about it being a cemetery. But cemeteries are generally very peaceful and if they’re not building that type of thing then they’re building houses.”

The proposal was welcomed by local political leaders, who stressed they would continue to listen to residents’ concerns.

Councillor Norma Austin Hart, Labour group member for Liberton and Gilmerton, said: “I’m aware the site will be well designed, multi-faith and with more of a modern feel to it.”

johnpaul.holden@edinburghnews.com