GREENING OUR STREET 


With winter round the corner, here are two indoors events to keep you interested and cosy!  Apple Crafts fun time on Saturday 8 December, in the Small Hall at the Lauriston Centre in Lauriston St, 2 to 5pm.  Prints, bird feeders, making an apple tree, and apple stories. All ages welcome. FREE

Then on Sunday 9 December, we have our Christmas Craft Fair, with local craftfolk, including jewellery, knitting, plants, vegan cakes, Hadeel, Fair Trade, and many more festive wares.  Lauriston Hall, from 2 to 6 pm. 

Painting the raised beds. All hands to the job and a lovely new look - all achieved over one brilliantly sunny weekend -- 4-5 May 2018. Read Emily's report

Craft session. Following our lovely Christmas Craft session, our next session is all about birds. Fernando will show us how to make bird whistles, and we will also make bird feeders from recycled bottles and other bird activities. If you can, bring a ruler, a 70ml bottle or smaller, some nice firm twigs, and if you have one one, a pyrography pen.  All welcome, it's free!  27 Jan 2-3 pm in Lauriston Centre.

Phase 1 completed! Our raised beds have been installed and filled. They are planted with winter veg and we will discuss growing plans at our planning meeting on 6 October.

Exciting new developments:

Come and see our little orchard, planted by Bloomberg volunteers and funded by Trees for Cities.  The potatoes that Sciennes P2 kids planted are coming up nicely, and we are creating the new flowerbeds. The team in the Grassmarket Community Workshop are building the raised beds, and you can see the first one, which we created with help from Simon Walker.  We have set up a Meetup group, which you are invited to join... Find out when we are getting together to garden!

The Community Orchard and Garden: 
We have funding for 6 raised beds and a solid information board, to be made by the Grassmarket Community Workshop. The young people in the workshop will produce the raised beds over the summer, for installing in the autumn.  The artwork on the information board will be created by a local group, as an ongoing art project.  The information board will also feature a pocket for newsletters/seed packets and a small area for updates. 
We are fundraising with My Park Scotland; you can read our updates here https://www.mypark.scot/projects/community-garden-orchard

Who will benefit?
This project will benefit inter-generational activity by providing a space where people of all ages can grow vegetables and share horticultural experience and knowledge. The raised beds will be 2 ft high, to enable wheelchair users and people with bad backs to enjoy gardening. The noticeboard will alert volunteer gardeners to jobs that need doing, as well as sharing information and feedback. Gardening is well known to bring immediate benefits, and helps tackle issues around loneliness, healthy eating and food security. We are really pleased about the students, families, and local residents who are keen to get involved. Of course, schoolchildren will help with our growing project.  

What is your growing project?

This summer we will grow 3 potato varieties with help from P2 children at Sciennes Primary School. The P7 class will sow winter crops after the summer holiday, and the new P3 class will harvest the tatties in September.
22 April Laying out the Community Garden 2pm to 5pm on site 
29 April Digging potato beds and erecting raised herb bed. 10.30 start
2 May Schoolchildren to plant the chitted tatties
17 June Power of Food festival afternoon at the Community Garden
Other dates tbc

How to get involved?
Email Sarah or Anne at greeningourstreet@gmail.com
Check out our Twitter account #LauristonGreen
and see our website for further details www.greeningourstreet.btck.co.uk
We also run a Meetup group which you are welcome to join!
https://www.meetup.com/Edinburgh-community-garden-Meetup/
You can also talk to one of us at 07593316284

Come and see us on Saturday 13 August 2016 2 - 4 pm - OPEN DAY with pop-up ART SHOW.  Get in touch if you want to show your artwork...

Our new noticeboard has been successfully installed - thanks to the Lauriston Green Group, Greyfriars Community Workshop, Edinburgh Parks and Peter, Kay and Sarah for all their input! 

Really brilliant plant ID session on Monday!  Thanks to Jim Gardner and Wild Reekieans for a lovely evening with our wildflowers! List forthcoming...

Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield AGM on Summer Meeting and Annual General Meeting
The Summer meeting of FOMBL (AGM) on Friday 17 June 2016
at the Croquet Club, Leven Terrace, at 7.30 p.m. The speaker will be Ian Murray MP. Croquet taster session available from 7pm.

Wildflower noticeboard update! The Greyfriars Community Workshop is currently finishing the lettering and varnishing the board, which will be installed in May - photo on our Twitter account.

Blackhall Library is hosting a talk about Wildflowers on 2 March 6.30 - 7.30   

When can you paint our lovely flower identification board? Saturday 27 Feb 2016 2 to 5 pm in Lauriston Centre - all welcome - bring watercolours and paintbrushes - other materials incl. oil paints will be provided. 

Wildflower day with Art Show! A sunny day in 2015, well supported by local artists and botanists. There are now labels for many flowers, and the artwork was appreciated by many passers-by.  A big thank-you to all our friends.

Cold Spring has delayed many wildflowers, and the storms brought others crashing down - all looking better now, in time for our Open Day on Sunday 23rd 2015, with an art show.  Please get in touch if you can help on the day - a hour or two would be great.

Friends have been keeping the grass down, to allow the wildflower seedling to flourish. Please plant your seedlings out and help keep the plot tidy - anytime! 

Take up our Wildflower challenge - grow free seeds, which you can pick up on Thursday 9 April 2015, from Lauriston Hall, where the Scottish Poetry Library is holding a reading from 6.30 to 8pm. All welcome; tickets #5 (#4 conc.)

Are you a keen veg grower?
Our local green group is meeting on Wednesday 11 March 2015 to talk about growing veg for the St Catherine's Homelessness Soup project. Operation Vegetables starts at 7 pm in Lauriston Hall, Lauriston St. All welcome. 

Boroughmuir School Eco Group
is growing wildflower seedlings for planting out in March - as are other friends. If you want some seeds to grow, get in touch as we still have some packets, with seed trays and compost. 

Many thanks to the Botanic Gardens Volunteers -
they came on Tuesday and transformed our 'work in progress' into a tidy strip ready for planting and sowing in the spring.  Photos forthcoming!

Photo Competition 2014 - The Sacred Heart Green Group's annual competition is currently being assessed. Ten top pics will be displayed in Lauriston Hall - details forthcoming.

Greening our Street now 'Developing'! Delighted with the It's our Neighbourhood Assessor's report, which can be read in full here ... "Great efforts to engage local residents, and the group is focussed on introducing wildflower areas into the Meadows – this is a great idea and no reason why it should not be successful, especially with support from the council."
Phase 2 of our Wildflowers project - on Saturday 27 September 2014 Martin, Cathal, Sarah, Lucy and Anne lifted turfs and cleared 10 m of ground for wildflowers.  Next session 25 October (meet at 10 am beside the Wildflower plot). An opportunity for local people to prepare their own wildflower plot! Please get in touch if you want to help promote diversity and provide food for birds...



A wildflower enthusiast trying out the new path through the wildflower bed - it has also passed the toddler test!

We would like to hold our own Big Garden Birdwatch!  With many of the country’s most common garden birds and other creatures in decline, the RSPB needs support more than ever. By keeping a record of how many birds visit Lauriston Street and Lauriston Gardens, we will be able to assess needs and plan accordingly.            

                         How can we help? Children connecting with nature will be a powerful lever for change!
                                            Send us your photos and we will display them in this space...

 
 







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