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Changeworks Staff Hit the Ground Running

We were thrilled to welcome nine staff from Changeworks on Newhaven Road to our volunteer team this week. They tirelessly pulled Himalyan Balsam, cleared paths and cleaned up the river and walkway around St Mark's Park and Warriston. Thanks for all the 'changes' they made!


Exciting Light Design Workshop in the Craiglockhart Dells

Come join us for a fun night walk in the Craiglockhart Dells to explore creative lighting options for the river and even create your own outdoor light artwork on Sunday August 27th, 8pm to 9.30pm. We are collaborating with lighting design student Claire Tomara to design creative lighting on the river for our upcoming family event Summer’s End on Sunday October 29th and we want to get as many ideas as possible from all of you.

Email us at or telephone us at 0131-455-7367 if you would like to join us. The workshop is free but places are limited and so booking is essential.

Claire is a master’s student in lighting design at Napier University. Here's a little more information from Claire about her project:  "Light fascinates me. Especially, the night images of cities with all the illuminated buildings and streets. I am interested to understand how people perceive public space at night and how they can participate in its transformation with lighting. We use light to create particular atmospheres in our home, so I am interested to see how we can create atmosphere in an open public space. Currently, I am working on my dissertation which explores participation in urban lighting. This workshop and event is a unique opportunity to test and explore the concept of participation in lighting design."



Ever thought of Volunteering at our Visitor Centre?

You may think that volunteering for the Water of Leith Conservation Trust means you have to be out in all weathers, scrambling up and down river banks. For some that is true but we also have a merry band of volunteers who help out at the Visitor Centre. Its sociable and fun to work with the public, giving out information and helping out in the cafe and with wee jobs such as setting up for groups or preparing craft activities or helping with administration.

We have a few regular shifts up for grabs and we always need back-up people who can fill in randomly to help cover holidays/illnesses. Regular shifts include; Tuesday mornings for 5 weeks, Thursday afternoons, weekly Friday mornings and various Sunday slots (i.e. once a fortnight) Email / Call Sandie if you would like to join this team and we will get you in for a training session. Bring a friend along if you wish. or 0131 455 7367



Next River Clean-up is in Leith meeting at 10.30 at Coburg St Carpark

Sunday 13th August – Leith Clean-up and Path work.  Meet Charlotte to tidy up between Coburg Street – West Bowling Green Street.  Meet in the small car park off Coburg Street.  Parking is free.

Just to remind people that we cannot access the river with our volunteers below Great Junction St, so we cannot deal with the significant accumulations of rubbish and debris. We have however been in touch with those responsible to see if we can get them to act and get the area improved. 



More Walkway Closures at Saughton and Bonnington - so sorry to all users it is just as frustrating for us

This week brings two more closures to the walkway and diversions - CLICK ON me for a printable list of the issues:

Work has begun on the development of Saughton Park which means the main route up the centre of the path will be closed. Simply divert around the outside of the play park and skate park - we have asked that the route be signed a made suitable for use.

Bonnington - the section from Newhaven Road to Anderson Place. This closure is due structural issues with a wall on a Miller homes development site next to the river. It is a small section but for health and safety reasons the whole section is closed as the wall is at risk of collapse. The local diversion is easy but if I were you i would just stay on the cycle path in this area as the whole areas is undergoing development and engineering works. Contact Miller direct with you complaints / issues - General Enquiries 0870 336 5000 Customer Care 0800 954 8414.  Or there’s an online submission form at

On going diversions are in place at Murrayfield for the Flood Works and The Dean Path section is still closed due to the landslide. The update here is:

Investigations have now been completed by the appointed engineers of the home owner above the landslip. The councils legal team is currently in negotiation with the home owners legal representatives to progress the resolution of re-opening the footpath as soon as possible, unfortunately we do not have a timescale as to when this will be. I appreciate the inconvenience caused by this closure however, the land above the Walkway is unstable and we would strongly urge all users to follow the sign posted diversion and not put themselves at risk.  Enquiries/complaints can be sent to