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Swan Tragedy on the River

We have been alarmed to learn of two swan deaths on the river. Last week local people and our river patrol volunteers called in with news of a dead swan at Bells Mill near Belford and then another at the Quilts in Bonnington.  This is not normal for the river and no other wildlife seemed affected so we call in the Wildlife Police Officer to investigate. The Bells Mill swan, was collected and has been taken for a post mortem. We will let you know when we hear anything.

Sadly this swan was part of the Murrayfield pair who are currently nesting near the Ice Rink. The female is now alone sitting on eggs and will have no relief to feed. We have been advised by the RSPB that she should be OK, may loose weight, but should be able to stay put for the remainder of the 42 day incubation. If you live locally and want to help our single mum, throw brown bread and lettuce to her (not at her), she may not take it right away but will reach for it when safe to do so.



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.



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)


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.


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