Work starts on restoring Meadows whale bone arch

Jo Crossland and Johanna Kaminska wrapping the whale jawbone arch ready for removal from the meadows. Pic: Julie Bull
Jo Crossland and Johanna Kaminska wrapping the whale jawbone arch ready for removal from the meadows. Pic: Julie Bull
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Work has begun to restore four giant whale bones that guard the entrance to the Meadows.

Jawbone Walk will temporarily be without its famous arch after council workers wrapped the bones in protective material before removing them for restoration.

The bones will be dried and assessed by experts before any repair work begins. The cost of the operation is estimated 
at £49,000, with the 
council and Edinburgh World Heritage providing more than half of the 
money.

The jawbone arch has stood since 1886, when it was gifted to the city after an international science and art exhibition.