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Morgan Playing Fields

An area of parkland with playing fields located on the north side of Peffermill Road in S Edinburgh, Morgan Playing Fields extend to 2.7 ha (6.7 acres). These originally comprised a recreation ground for Moray House College of Education and were named after Dr. Alexander Morgan, who was Principal of the College between 1907 and 1925. Moray House merged with the University of Edinburgh in 1998 and the University sold Morgan Fields off to housing developers, because they already had extensive playing fields on the opposite side of the road. However, following concerns at the loss of open space with the development of the adjacent King's Meadows, Morgan Fields were never built on and became overgrown. The City of Edinburgh Council took ownership c. 2005 and work to reinstate the former pitches and construct a small car park was completed the following year. The fields host for a variety of sports, are used by Prestonfield Primary School and the areas is also popular with local residents as an open green space. An adjacent area of woodland has been planted with wild flowers.

Still managed by the city, the area is now designated as a Queen Elizabeth II Field, protected by Fields in Trust (formerly the National Playing Fields Association) in celebration of the 2012 Diamond Jubilee.


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