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Three busy days of outdoor learning along the Water of Leith

208 children and young people joined us Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week for very busy learning sessions along the river. On Monday Dean Park Primary 2's from Balerno enjoyed a very autumnal woodland adventure and a dozen young people with special needs from Options for Life explored the river as a medium for works of art. On Tuesday a P5 class from Victoria Primary explored their local patch of river near Bonnington and a crew of JASS hunters from St Marks Primary School had a great day building camp in the woods and helping to conserve the river. Finally on Wednesday the second class from Victoria Primary visited the river and we delivered 3 learning sessions at our Balgreen Community garden with 90 children from Balgreen Primary - phew, we are quite pleased it is half term next week ;-}


Frog and Toad discoveries while meadow clearing 

These amphibians were both discovered which hand cutting our riverside meadows by volunteers over the past few week. It is quite nice to find both and clearly shows how different they look - a toady being dry with lumpy skin and short ish legs (which she prefers to walk on) and a frog having wet looking smooth skin usually nicely coloured with longer legs which are good for hoping. Aren't they both beautiful 


'Survive' Half Term with our 'Rotten' Events

CHILDREN'S AUTUMN EVENTS  at the Visitor Centre
£5 per child & start at 2.00pm until 4.00pm. 
BOOKING ESSENTIAL  0131 455 7367 
Suitable for 4 to 12 year olds,  Accompanying adult free
Tuesday 16th October – ROTTEN 
 Delve into the decomposing world of fungus, compost & poo. A Rotten event which will leave you mucky!
Thursday 18th October – SURVIVE
 Build a shelter, forage for food and learn to create fire 




Meadow Cutting Task are underway - join us on Sunday

Thank you to our Volunteers and the Geocachers for making such a good start at Bells Mills Meadow last week and staff from Santec today at Bogs Mill meadow as part of thier ‘Stantec in the Community' week. There is more to do as we head back to Bells Mills for Sundays volunteer task 


Sunday 30th September 10.30am – 1pm Bells Mill Meadow Cutting
Meet at Wester Coates Gardens for the annual cut of Bells Mill to help keep our wildflower meadow in good heart.
As always let us know if you plan to come so Sandra can bring the right tools and tea!!



Duck Race raises over £4000!! Thank you to all who supported us and check out the video! Can you see your duck?

See the video above or if it does not appear CLICK ON ME
Sunday 16th September – was our Duck Race and we had an amazing day and need to thank so many for their support - the winners of the Yellow Race and their wonderful donated prizes prizes are listed below.
1 - Champagne Lunch at Restaurant Martin Wishart, 770, MCINTOSH DAR
2 - Family Ticket and Lunch on Deck of The Royal Yacht Britannia, 697, WHITEHOUSE R
3 - Mad Hatters Tea Party for 6 at Roseleaf in Leith, 727, HAMILTON M
4 - Orchard Cannonmills, 209,  MACLEOD J
5 - Imperial Palace, Longstone, 812,  KING A
6 - China Red, Chesser, 123, PEARSON J
7 - Pizza Express in Stockbridge, 455, Aimee Peden
8 - Dantes in Colinton, 1042,  Tanya Wark
9 - Water of Leith Cafe Bistro in Cannonmills, 935,  Lindsay Small
10 - Pizza Express in Leith, 777, KNIGHT P
11 - Cafe on the Corner in Currie, 84, HASLER-BRODIE L
12 - Mimi's Bakehouse, 1477,  Jacqui Bell
13 - Java Moment Cafe in Colinton, 238, , PARK R
Blue Race for Sale on the Day only - and all prizes were collected except 2nd - we are looking for 210
1st - Escape Room Experience for up to 5 people - 340
2nd - Dynamic Earth Family Ticket up to 2 adults and 3 children - 210
3rd - Camera Obscura – 4 tickets - 445
4th - Scottish Seabird Centre – Family Pass - 273 
5th – Butterfly and Insect World – Family Pass  - 383
6th  - Conifox Adventure Park – Family Pass - 390
7th - Edinburgh Zoo - 2 tickets - 007
8th - Jupiter Artland – 1 adult and 1 child - 258 
9th - Crolla’s Ice Cream - £20 - 69
10th – A Blue Duck – donated by Colinton Arts - 444
The Reservoir Ducks were all sponsored by local businesses and Mr Green won - Congratulations ASDA and all who backed that duck in the sweepstake
1st - Mr Green – sponsored by ASDA
2nd - Mr Purple – sponsored by Wildcat-one
Mr White – sponsored by EHS Architectural LTD
Mr Orange – sponsored by Sainsburys
Mr Pink – sponsored by The Builder Supply Co
Mr Brown– sponsored by Browns Body Services
Mr Blonde – sponsored by Fairbairn & Laing 
Mr Black – sponsored by The Paint Shed
 Mr Red – sponsored by Bennett &Co Accountants 
We also have a short video of photos from the events and thank yous to all our sponsors