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33 clean-up so far this year, and more to do

I was totalling up our half yearly results and was astounded to see we have conducted 33 river clean-ups since April!! This is an amazing effort by our volunteer and many community and corporate groups. This amounts to over 2200 hours of work hauling tonnes of rubbish out of the river. A huge thank you to all involved. Our volunteer team has done 9 clean-up and we would like to recognise the following groups for their efforts;

Scottish Government Landscapes & Habitats Division – Clean-up at Bonnington - 12

Geocachers – Clean-up at Saughton Park - 31

Coltbridge Community Group – Clean-up at Coltbridge - 28

Warriston Crescent Residents Assoc – Clean-up at Warriston - 16

Colinton Amenity Society – Clean-up at Colinton - 30

Tippereth Composters – Clean-up at Colinton - 8

Bonaly Primary School – Clean-up at Colinton - 12

Dean Village Assoc – Clean-up at Dean Village - 20

Stockbridge Community Council – Clean-up at Stockbridge & Canonmills - 8

Standard Life PLC – Clean-up at Stockbridge & Canonmills - 10

Inverleith Cubs – Clean-up at Stockbridge & Canonmills - 16

Craigmount High School – Clean-up at Steadfastgate - 15

Green Team & George Watson’s – Himalayan Balsam Pulling from Roseburn to Stockbridge - 15

Green Team & George Watson’s - Himalayan Balsam Pulling at Juniper Green -14

Roseburn Primary School – Clean-up in Roseburn Park - 75

The Rock Trust – Clean-up & Vegetation Control at Visitor Centre - 7

Scottish Funding Council – Clean-up at Saughton Park - 20

Green Team Work/Activity Day Japanese Knotweed Pulling - 6

Royal London Group/HBOS – Clean-up at Kinleith and Japanese Knotweed Pulling at Currie Sheds - 14

HBOS – Clean-up and Vegetation Control at Bonnington - 16

Leith Fort Community Group – Clean-up & Walkway Vegetation Control - 15.

Institute of Chartered Accountants Clean-up at Bells Mill Weir - 30

Rock Trust Workday in Colinton - 7

RBS Clean-up in Slateford - 10 


Goodbye Nickol, Welcome Back Charlotte

We bid a sad farewell to Nickol this week. Nickol was drafted in in January as maternity cover for our Community and Volunteers Officer, Charlotte, who returns next Wednesday. We would like to thank Nickol for all his hard work organising volunteer activties and keeping the community work going. I am sure we will see him again out and about on the river.


Coltbridge Residents Scoop Conservation Award

Every year The Water of Leith Conservation Trust presents a trophy to a community or volunteer group that finds the most unusual object during the many clean-ups that take place on the river throughout the year. This year is slightly different in that although no unusual objects of note were found one member of The Coltbridge Bridge Group, Mr John Riddell, found a hole developing in the historic Bells Mill weir. After alerting the Trust and all the relative council departments the weir is now being repaired and consolidated. The Coltbridge Group is formed of local residents who work throughout the year keeping their stretch of the river in excellent condition. They even get in with a canoe every now and then to get the harder to reach objects and litter that most people can't get to without the use of chest-waders.

 The Lady of the River Trophy was presented to Dave Black from Coltbridge by our Chairman George Hunter last week. (Pictured)  The Trophy itself was found during a clean-up of the river in Bonnington ten years ago and had a base added to make a rather fun trophy. In the past the trophy has been awarded for a range strange and unusual objects such as a black pudding, set of false teeth and deer antlers to name but a few.

This is the first time that The Coltbridge Group has won the conservation trophy. It was felt appropriate because of all the hard work they undertake throughout the year in keeping one of the busiest stretches of the Water of Leith and its Walkway in great condition, and thankfully a hole in a weir is a rather unusual find.



Reservoirs to be drawn down for advanced flood works

The draw down of Threipmuir and Harlaw reservoirs is now in progress for the forthcoming Reservoir Works contract to be carried out as an advanced works contract for the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme. The reservoirs will be drawn down to a level approximately 3.2m below top water level. Any queries should be directed CEC Flood Prevention Team.


Clean-up volunteers needed in Sardinia

Having just returned from a lovely holiday in Sardinia, I was rather shocked at the amount of rubbish dropped nearsome of the most beautiful beaches in the Med. It occurred to me they needed our clean-up crews, does anyone fancy it? My husband even thought that community snorkeling clean-ups in the sea would be fun. Is Britain really the dirty man of Europe or have you seen much worse on holiday.