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Winter Talks Programme continues on Mon 27th Nov - with Rolling on the river!!


All talks take place at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre, 24 Lanark Road, Edinburgh - Free for Members, Guest £2.  Monday 27th November - 7.30pm  Rolling on the river: conservation of Scottish watermills, lades and caulds Continuing our celebrations of the year of History Heritage and Archaeology 2017 we will be joined by Mark Watson, Deputy Head of Industrial Heritage with Historic Environment Scotland, as he discusses ways that mills have been reinvented, & the challenges they face. Free for Members, Guest £2

Monday 29th January – 7.30pm The work of the Friends of the Pentlands 

Founded in 2003, the Friends aim is to conserve, protect and enhance the Pentland Hills in an area bounded by the Edinburgh City Bypass, the A70, A702 and A721. The Pentland Hills Regional Park makes up 45% of this area. This illustrated talk by Secretary John Stirling will demonstrate the work areas of the many volunteers involved. Free for Members, Guest £2

Monday 26th February – 7.30pm  Urban Fungi by Dr Patrick Hickey

Deep within the city of Edinburgh, fungi can be found in a variety of habitats including gardens and parks; however they often pop up in unusual places!  The talk will show examples of various fungi in the city and demonstrate the unique dispersal mechanisms that make fungi so successful in adapting to our constantly-changing environment.   Dr. Patrick Hickey, an independent scientist based at Summerhall, specialises in the biology of fungi and developing new techniques for microscopy and time-lapse imaging. Patrick is a guest lecturer at The University of Edinburgh and is a regular contributor to TV and film documentaries, including the BBC's "The Magic of Mushrooms"  Free for Members, Guest £2  


To book your space please call 0131 455 7367 or  email

Sunday 25th March –  2.00pm Robert Louis Stevenson Poetry Trail

A guided walk led by Duncan Campbell from Colinton Community Conservation Trust following the poetry trail through the village, viewing the statue of RLS and exploring parts of the Colinton Parish Church yard. Places are limited so please book.  £5 (members £2).  2.00pm Meeting at the Triangle Garden, off Woodhall Road near the Bridge Road traffic lights, in Colinton Village.

Sunday 8th April  – 10.30am River Clean Up.

Join our volunteer team for this river clean up morning as we launch the Water of Leith’s Spring Clean. Wear old clothes.  Meet at 10.30am at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre. FREE.

Sunday 29th April  – 2.00pm  Historic Villages of the Water of Leith -  Slateford 

A Guided Walk around the once bustling Slateford village – discover its hidden history and learn how it played its part in our city’s history £5 (members £2) BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Meet at 2.00pm at the Water of Leith Visitor Centre

Saturday 5th May – PLANT SALE 

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

Sunday 10th June – 2.00pm Bridges of the Water of Leith from Canonmills to Dean

To celebrate 200 years of the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE) we will be joined by local expert Sandra Purves to look at the history of some of the river’s important crossings. Meet at Canonmills by the old public toilets on Brandon Terrace.

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