Membership entitles you and your family to enjoy The Dean Gardens and to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting.  It is deemed that you have read these Rules and that you agree to observe them.

New membership eligibility is restricted to a geographic Catchment Area [See 'Qualifying Addresses' for details.]

The Gardens year runs from January to December and the subscription amount will be confirmed before the end of March each year. Subscription rates are at the discretion of the Dean Gardens Management Committee.

New members' subscription payments will be taken by direct debit on each anniversary of the date of joining.  

It is a condition of Gardens membership that a recurring direct debit for annual subscriptions remains in place.


Your numbered security key(s) remain the property of The Dean Gardens. If you decide to resign your membership then the key[s] must be returned to: Gardens Administration, The Dean Gardens, PO Box 28508, Edinburgh, EH4 1ZS

An additional key may be obtained at a one-off cost of £35.00 subject to household needs. A maximum number of two keys allowed per member.

Lost keys will be charged at £75.00 each.

Keys must not be passed to new property owners or tenants. They must apply for Gardens membership in their own right.


Generally: Families are welcome and play facilities are provided for young children. There are some areas that may be hazardous for young children therefore responsible adult supervision is required.

Fires, fireworks and barbecues are not allowed.

Waste bins are provided for incidental items but members must take all other rubbish with them for disposal.

Large scale ball games are not allowed on the Main Lawn. Small groups and family games are permitted there provided these do not infringe on the enjoyment of other members or cause damage.

Cycling is not allowed - except for small children first learning to ride on pathways suitable for this purpose.

Parties or social gatherings require prior notification to Gardens Administration who will liaise with the Management Committee so that members can avoid event date clashes. Parties must not take place during the hours of darkness; cause excessive noise or leave litter.


Generally: Responsible dog owners are welcome. There must be consideration for other Gardens users with attention to where dogs are and what they are doing at all times. Whilst dog walking and play has always been encouraged - the Gardens are a delicate environment and are not by design a park for vigorous dog exercise.

Owners Must:

  • Carefully clean up after their dogs.
  • Ensure that there is an identification tag attached to a collar or harness, and carry a lead.
  • Use a torch when walking dogs on-lead in darkness so that they can properly clean up after their pets.

Owners Must Not:

  • Introduce dogs on their own to the Gardens.
  • Walk more than two dogs at any one time.
  • Let their dogs off-lead during the hours of darkness which can cause alarm to other Gardens users.
  • Allow their dogs to roam on the Main Lawn in a way that causes obvious inconvenience to other members.
  • Allow their dogs to run on any of the Gardens banks.
  • Throw balls, or anything else, anywhere in the Gardens for the purpose of exercising their dogs.

Unruly dogs that may cause concern to members, their children or guests must be kept on a lead and if necessary muzzled at all times. This is the owner's responsibility but this condition may also be as directed by the Management Committee.

[Members who do not abide by these Rules will have their membership withdrawn.]

If you wish to make a complaint, please make this in writing to:

The Chair, Pam Barnes, at pambarnes66@yahoo.co.uk, or to

Gardens Administration, The Dean Gardens, P.O. Box No. 28508 Edinburgh, EH4 1ZS.


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