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Lots of Events in April - book now!!

Sunday 2nd April – 2.00pm - Walk

Geological Walk - Slateford and the Dells with Beverly Bergman, Edinburgh Geological Society

The geology of the Water of Leith forms the foundation for its character, shaping it into an important source of both water power and building stone. This walk in the Dells will provide an opportunity to see many of its geological features including Carboniferous sedimentary rocks, glacial features and fossils as well as the site of Redhall Castle. Meet at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre at 2.00pm. Walk of up to 2 miles, mainly on paths.  Wear warm clothes and walking boots or sturdy shoes. Booking Essential, £2 member / £5 non members.

 Sunday 9th April – River Clean Up.

Join our volunteer team for this river clean up day, wear old clothes.  Meet at 10.00am at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre. FREE


Spring Children’s Events

All our Children’s events cost £5 per child (Accompanying adult free). Meet at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh

Start at 2.00pm - 4.00pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL call 455 7367 or email

 Tuesday 4th April – SURVIVE!!

Water, Food, Shelter and Fire are the keys to survival,

learn new skills from our ‘wild’ leaders

 Thursday 6th April  - River Dipping

Join us IN the river for this favourite activity

Tues 11th April - MUD!!

Wear your wellies its gonna be squelchy, as we explore mud and yes that means pies and faces


Sunday 23th April – Our Herbal Heritage

2.00pm – Guided Walk

Following on from her popular winter presentation Anna Canning of Floramedica will take us on a spring time forage into the Dells to explore the wealth of edible and medicinal plants to be found on our doorstep. We will delve into their history, lore and use both past and present. Meet at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre at 2.00pm. Walk of up to 2 miles, mainly on paths.  Wear warm clothes and walking boots or sturdy shoes. Booking Essential,  members £2 / £5 non members. Call 0131 455 7367 or email


Saturday 6th May - Plant Sale

10.00 am – 2pm   Fundraising Event

Visit our now famous annual plant sale and pick up a bargain. Doors open at 10.00am at the Visitor Centre. 50p admission donation.


Call into the Visitor Centre to book your place on any of the above activities or Call 0131 455 7367 or email


Balgreen Primary Outdoor learning day at the Community Garden

Balgreen Primary School have always been supportive of our Community Garden near their school and last Wednesday we were joined by 90 children during the day to help create homes for wildlife, sow seed, make bird feed ball and bird boxes. They also has a poster competition to celebrate the garden - Well done to Millie from P3 for her wining entry and the 11 others who will got a special mention and will feature monthly in the poster box to be installed at the end of the month.

This is the Bug Hotel they created


A busy week of task complete - thank you to all the volunteers who helped 

With tasks on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday last week we certainly got a lot done in the Dells, Gorgie and Juniper Green. We removed this especially dangerous netting from the river near Gorgie - this could have been very nasty for both fish and wildfowl. It was not easy to retrieve as river levels were high but persistance with a grappling hook pays off.

Fencing at Junpier Green and the haul of rubbish


Willow Spiling Fun in the Pentlands

Last week Charlotte joined Friend of the Pentlands on a Willow Spiling Course - learning how to stabilise river banks with flexible natural screens - they look beautiful too


Triple Tasks next week - we do like to work our volunteers hard!!

Tuesday 14th March - HIT SQUAD meet at the Visitor Centre at 10.30 - for lots of different tasks like, clearing log jams, prepping bird / bat boxes and yes more path scraping!!! 

Thursday 16th March (rescheduled from 23rd Feb)  Clean-up river under bypass and fencing task. 10.30pm – 1pm.  Meet at Woodhall Millbrae.  Slightly confusing start location.   Take first right after crossing the bypass heading out of town on the Lanark Road, then right again onto Woodhall Millbrae.   Please see streetmap link for clarification.

Sunday 19th March Gorgie / Saughton Clean-up.  10.30am – 1pm.  Help get this litter black spot cleaned-up before the vegetation grows up again.  Meet at the other car park at Saughton Park, off Ford’s Road.  Please note you cannot access car park directly from Fords road off Gorgie Road due to bollards at the bridge.  You need to access Fords Road via Stenhouse Crescent or Avenue.  See streetmap link for clarification;