GREENING OUR STREET 


These are some of our recent Greening our Streets events :

Our Year Report for 2017-8 can now be read here! We are amazed at how much we've achieved, with your help...

We really enjoyed our Bird Crafts event with Fernando demonstrating whistle making, and clay to sculpt ducks, and old bottles to turn into bird feeders... just the thing for a very cold long Spring... 

Bluebells alert!  A wonderful Saturday on 25 March 2017, with 20 or so volunteers of all ages digging holes and planting tender sprouted bluebells, with a little sand to settle them in.  A great improvement to the area around the wildflower plot.

Wildflower ID session on 27 June 2016. A lovely evening with 12 enthusiasts!

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Wildflower challenge: 2015 has got off to a great start with path making and seed sowing; see photo! 

Talk at the Botanics: Many thanks to Ben Dell for a really helpful talk about growing wildflowers: Ben with members inspecting the orchard and wildflower beds; we want a nice sign like this one!


Information Day was held beside the Wildflower Plot on the Meadows on 9 August 10.30 am to 5 pm; passers by were very supportive.  We were especially fortunate in having our own Fringe show:  Italian environmental music group Song of the Earth performed for us at 12 noon 

Greening our Street

member Joe Williams talked about environmental volunteering at an open discussion on 'Volunteering in a fractured society' on 17 June.  A stimulating discussion ensued; many thanks, Joe!.

Eats seminar

Sarah and Kathleen went to the Eats seminar on Friday 1st June and were impressed by the project in Newburgh and the lovely community orchard. See our Tweet 

Our Wildflowers project 

We have now sown a small plot of wildflowers on the edge of The Meadows - Eva helped clear the turfs to patch holes in the main field. Wildflower seeds donated by Grow Wild. Kathleen, Joe, Cathal and Sarah placed markers to show that the area has been cultivated. The signs explain that this is the first phase of our project.                
        
                                         
 Photos by Felicity

 
All tidy now! Thanks to our volunteers and Friends of the Meadows - regular updates about the wildflower plot can be followed on our Twitter account

Church Garden in Lauriston Street 

On Saturday 12 March, three of us planted herbs and wild flowers in the church garden. The new seedlings are marked; please don't walk on them!  It's a very windy afternoon, but the daffs are holding up fairly well. Wildflowers in the Meadows Two of our members have surveyed the Meadows close to Lauriston Gardens with a view to applying to Edinburgh Parks for new wildflower beds. 

Spring community event Grow your own herbs  

On Saturday 22nd March,  Kathy and Andy from the Botanics Edible Garden gave an inspiring and enjoyable talk about growing herbs. They brought generous samples and participants had fun pricking out herb seedlings into hand folded pots. Eva provided delicious herbal scones which we spread with Kathleen's parsley butter, and took bouquets garnis home!  







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