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Tuesday
May112010

Plant Sale raised over £1k

WOW what a day we had at the Plant Sale on Saturday. Hundreds of people flooded to the Centre and snapped up the bargains. In all we raised £1,028 atplant sale, taking an additional £360 in teas and homebaking!! This is more than ever before, so we must say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time and provided plants and baking, and to Pentland Plants and Alba Trees for their donations.

 

Friday
May072010

Plant Sale is already...we have literally thousand of plants for sale

Just so excited about the plant sale, with more donations and stock than ever, come along for a multitude of herbaceous plants, bedding plugs, geraniums, beautiful shrubs, vegetables, tomatoes, and great house plants and even cakes. If you do not believe me check out the pictures. 10.00am start at the Visitor Centre, 50p entry (included free seeds)

Monday
May032010

Plant Sale and Wildflower Walk this Saturday

Spring has arrived at the Water of Leith, we will not let the cold weather keep us back. This Saturday sees our famous Plant Sale start at 10.00am, we have 1000's of bedding plants, herbaceous garden plants, trees and shrubs for sale. 50p entry includes a free packet of wildflower seeds and there is also a cake stall and home baking in the cafe. At 2.00pm we will have a Wildflower Walk taking place. Join me and discover the blooms of the Dells, £3.50 per adult.

Friday
Apr302010

The first of 6 Antony Gormley statues takes up residence in Leith

A lone figure now scans the horizon in Leith, and he will soon have 5 siblings dotted along the lower reaches of the river.   Commissioned by the National Galleries of Scotland, 6 Times, by Antony Gormley will consist of six life-sized figures positioned between the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the sea. Four of the figures will be sited in the Water of Leith itself, at Bell's Mill, Stockbridge, Powderhall and Bonnington. Each with act as  a gauge for the height of the river as it swells and recedes. The figure closest to the sea, at Leith Docks, is now in place and installation of the further figures will take place throughout June.  

According to the Scotsman the project cost £400,000 and has been commissioned with the support of The Art Fund, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, The Patrons of the National Galleries of Scotland, Claire Enders and The Henry Moore Foundation.

Antony Gormley, most famous for his Angel of the North, says: It is wonderful to have the chance to make a work that connects so many different parts of this great city. When you see one you will, perhaps, remember another. The idea is to connect to time, weather and place and play part in the making of a scene, a picture, a reality, incomplete without you: the observer.

To read more click on Scotsman article

 

Friday
Apr232010

'Clean-up' a series of photos by student Katie Fulton

Fly tipping is a significant environmental issue along the Water of Leith with an estimated 200 cubic metres of rubbish, which is thrown into the river each year (the equivalent weight of two double decker buses). With only 200 registered volunteers to remove it the river continues to suffer from human negligence.

Clean-Up documents the issue of litter on the Water of Leith and what is being done by local volunteers to help preserve the river and surrounding environment. Raising awareness to the general public about the importance of the river to the city of Edinburgh is key to help resolving this issue.   As one volunteer says, ‘A river clean-up is surprisingly good fun, spending a morning hauling out rubbish is rewarded with a lovely clean and green river bank. What is not so rewarding is to visit the site a month or two later and seeing it in the same state.’

The series of eight photographs shows different types of litter found in the river like trolleys, tires etc pulled out by the volunteers at the Redbrae Weir Clean up, as well as portraits of the volunteers working at the annual clean up at Slateford. 

The Water of Leith provides a haven for fish and wildlife and also for people who live in Edinburgh and those visiting the city. The river stretches 24 miles from the south of the city beyond Balerno to the north of the city at Leith.  It’s an area of peace and tranquility, but people need to be made aware of the impact litter is having on the Water of Leith to ensure that the river is kept clean for people to enjoy!

Katie Fulton

Edinburgh Napier University