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Volunteers tasks this month at Stockbridge, Balgreen and Slateford

Wednesday 4th October.  10.30am – 1pm.  Join Charlotte to continue the Dean Valley Project in Stockbridge.  Help us plant bulbs, clear the path and reduce Laurel re-growth and hopefully (weather permitting) finish restoring the historic railing.    Meet at St Bernard’s Bridge at the end of Saunders Street in Stockbridge. 

Sunday 15th October.  10.30am – 1pm.  Balgreen Community Wildlife Garden.   Join Charlotte to carry out an autumn tidy up of the garden including cut, rake and planting / seeding in the meadow area with plants from Central Scotland Green Network Trust.  The Garden is located at the end of Pansy Walk off Balgreen Road –turn right just before the railway crosses Balgreen Road. 

Wednesday 25th October.  10.30am – 1pm.  Pre event task in Craiglockhart Dell and Slateford Clean-up.  Help Charlotte and the Peregrines from Tiphereth get the Dell ready for another Family event – Summers End, and Clean-up downstream to the allotments.  Meet at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, EH14 1TQ.


EVENTFUL OCTOBER!! There is lots on we hope you can join us #HHA2017

We have two guided walks, two childrens events and another fantatsic family adventure at the end of the month. We hope you can join us to celebrate autumn


Following on from her popular spring walk, Anna Canning of Floramedica will take us on an autumn 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 2pm at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre. 2pm - 4pm,  £5 (£2 for members) Booking essential


Join our guided walk to discover the industrial past of this once busy port, including shipping, whaling and whisky. Meet at 2pm at the small car park off Coburg Street in Leith. 2pm - 4pm, £5 (£2 for members) Booking essential 


Children’s Half Term Events at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 2pm -  4pm. £5 per child, accompanying adult free, Suitable for 4 to 12 year olds, Booking essential
Tuesday 17th October SURVIVE!! SOLD OUT
Learn how to build a den, light a fire and forage for food on our Autumn Survival Special
Thursday 19th October ROTTEN!! - SPACES AVAILABLE
Delve into the decomposing world of fungus, compost  & poo. A Rotten event which will leave you mucky!



Meadow cutting has started in earnest - make green hay while the sun shines!

The wildflower meadows at Bells Mills and Bog Mill are getting their annual cut, rake and in some cases a bit of reseeding. Thank you to the following groups for your efforts so far; The Geocachers, corporate volunteers from Baillie Gifford and Co and MWH Global, and of course our Hit Squad and conservation Volunteers. 



2016/17 Annual Report is ready to view and our AGM is on 23rd October

CLICK ON ME to view our 2016/17 Annual Report.  Overall in 2016/17 we delivered 397 volunteer tasks, learning days and events attended by 6655 people – more than one every day!! Here for the community 7 days a week, we also welcomed over 17,000 people to our Visitor Centre and volunteers gave 9454 hours of service to keep the Water of Leith ‘Clean, Green and Beautiful’. We all own a huge thank you to the staff, volunteers and members who help to maintain our wee river


AGM and Members Evening is on Monday 23rd OCTOBER - 7.30pm
at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1TQ.
By special invitation we will be showing the BAFTA award winning film – Dipper from the Water of Leith. With the films maker Krzysztof Kubik introducing the work and discussing the trials and tribulations of filming by our river for many month The film tells the story of white-throated dipper, whose survival is written to the ever-changing seasons. We need to know if you are planning to attend as this is largely intended to be a members only event but visitors and guest are welcome.



Sundays Myths and Legends #HHA2017 Event was epic check out the photos and video

Volunteers, Staff and Visitors had a real treat on Sunday at our fully booked Myths and Legends Event - over all 120 people in 36 family groups attended and were treated to encounters with The River Goddess, Tom the Farmer and the REAL Kelpies, The Ghillie Dhu, Burke and Hare, The Wulver and her mammal spirits, The boy who can talk to fairies and Guragach, the brownie and her pixie helpers Fern and Holly. CLICK ON ME for the link to the video if it does not show below. Thank you to all involved, Bryce for this video and to Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the event with funding.

The River Goddess and the Farmer

Chuckles and Star the Kelpies

 The Ghillie Dhu helps his guest make wands

The Wulver and the Woodland Creatures 

Fairy Burgh with the Pixie Fern and Pixie Holly