Where

I've made several maps highlighting particular trees (links are at the foot of the pages for each) and I've tried to spread the examples across the Meadows and Links, because of course most local people have a favourite part of the park they spend most time in.

Some places to look out for, in particular:

Around the croquet club:
- favourite haunt of blackbirds and dunnocks in the hedges
- lovely old willow in front of the children's playground

Around the tennis courts:
- unusual new trees (e.g. Persian Ironwood) in the small toddler's playground, and several new conifers such as Incense Cedar, Scots Pine and a Giant Redwood off Hope Park Crescent
- favourite haunt of blackbirds and dunnocks in the hedges

South Meadow Walk:
- a few grand old beeches and horse chestnuts
- new foxglove trees and willows
- best place in the park to see the leaves of the giant old trees: if you step up on the small bordering wall that runs along Melville Terrace, you can look down into the lower branches. There's no pavement on that side, and some of the drivers are distraught family visiting the Sick Kids, so watch yourself

Middle Meadow Walk:
- at the south end, a cluster of new broadleaf plantings, including birch and alder
- at the north end by Quartermile, a pear tree opposite Peter's Yard, and several attractive semi-mature plantings such as tulip trees and horse chestnuts
- best chance of seeing magpies and robins is around the central crossing area

North Meadow Walk:
- squirrels, birds, old hawthorns and interesting new conifers at the Tollcross end, such as Blue Atlas Cedar and Austrian Pine
- wildflower plot with many native flowers, also near the Tollcross end
- treecreepers on the trunks of the sycamores

Boys Brigade Walk & Townswomen Guild Walk:
- pied wagtails often hop across these quieter paths
- in spring there's a lovely mix of blossom from the various fruit trees on Boys Brigade Walk, contrasting with the icy green of new whitebeam leaves and lime green of early sycamore

Leamington Walk:
- many new broadleaf plantings, from hornbeam to hazel
- holly and other evergreens in a new hedgerow growing up against the student residences

Bruntsfield Links:
- fantastic display of maples and rowans in autumn
- row of old birches bordering Bruntsfield Avenue, up towards the Police Box
- some distinguished old elms along the southern part by Whitehouse Loan
- very pretty little gardens surrounded by low hedges and parterre, by the northern end of Whitehouse Loan
- row of magnolias and a tulip tree in the children's playground across from the Bike Co-op on Whitehouse Loan

Jawbone Walk & Coronation Walk:
- the cherry blossom, of course
- the arch of whale jawbones, when they return to the south entrance in winter 2016
- the restored old cricket pavilion, which in summer hosts the lovely Pavilion Cafe and from the back looks like a little cottage in the woods


Map of all of the Meadows & the Links