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Another walkway closure as bridge work starts at St Mark Park - pedestrian diversion in place 


Bridge Closure at St Mark Park / Warriston Road 21st August for 24 weeks
Due to urgent bridge repair this small section of the walkway will be closed be between 7.00 and 18.00  Mondays to Saturdays. Due to the narrow width of the bridge, the location and the nature of the proposed works, it is necessary to close the road at the bridge and stop pedestrian access. A local signed diversion will be in place. We are unsure if walking will be allowed out with working hours.
CLICK ON ME for a full list of all the walkway diversions at Saughton, Dean, Warriston and Bonnington



Wonderful illustrations of our volunteers in action by our own volunteer Rob - thank you for letting us share them

Rob Hainsworth has been volunteering with us for years and could be occasionally be spotted sketching away. This week he shared the results with us and we just love them - so atmospheric and full of energy, capturing the spirit of working by the river and how the passers by watch our efforts. Below Rob has written a few word about what prompted him to illustrate our work.



'As a 17 year old country lad I went to art college in Edinburgh for almost a whole year before dropping out... distracted by "sex drugs and rock and roll.....  It was the 60s...I've been intending to do some illustration for a while, inspired by my eldest daughter, an artist who recently had a couple of graphic novels published. I last did some illustration about 40 years ago but didn't then have a story to turn into comic strip and was trying and failing to make up one of my own... Then life got in the way until recently, when I was looking for more engaging activity at home. I researched and illustrated "The Famous Tay Whale" by William McGonagall... A fascinating story but a poem so bad that my artwork couldn't spoil it... A very successful try out of any skill I still had. 
After that I was looking for at various possible subjects to illustrate and it occurred to me that Water of Leith volunteers worked in some very photogenic and often quite dramatic work settings... I particularly like the way that volunteers sometimes almost disappear into foliage and sometimes group together to give an intense focus. 
I also like to show "Life going on" (ie. Water of Leith footpath users.. walkers, cyclists, dogs, etc.). I'm intending to do the most recognisable locations and to show all our different activities. I want to get more wildlife into the illustrations.' by Rob Hainsworth




Up coming Events - Foraging, History, Bridges and Ducks

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September – 2.00pm both days
Foraging Weekend along the Water of Leith - Slateford to Colinton
These guided walks will be run by Frances Hillman from University of Edinburgh and will form part of her dissertation research into using foraging as a teaching tool for environmental education. Each session will end with tea and biscuits made from foraged foods and the group will  have a discussion about the topic. Meet at the Water of Leith Visitors Centre spaces are free but limited so BOOKING ESSENTIAL. 
Saturday 1st of September – 2.00pm – Foraging Urban Weeds. Learn about the ecology of edible weeds that grow in Edinburgh and how to use them
Sunday 2nd of September – 2.00pm – Foraging invasive species .Learn about the ecology of invasive species that grow in Edinburgh and how to use them.
Sunday 9th September – 2.00pm
Historic Villages of the Water of Leith -  Belford and Dean aka the Water of Leith Village.
A Guided Walk around the rivers milling heartland,  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 entrance to Roseburn Cliff off Roseburn Terrace, Corstorphine Road (by the crossing and bus stop). 
Sunday 7th October – 2.00pm
Bridges of the Water of Leith from Gorgie to Roseburn
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 and discover the rivers newest bridge built as part of the Murrayfield flood defence works. Meet at the corner of Gorgie Road and Balgreen road at the bridge entrance to Saugthon Park £5 (members £2) BOOKING ESSENTIAL.

Next River Clean-up is in Leith on Sunday 19th August at 10.30

Meeting just off Coburg Street - Join Sandra and the volunteers for another Leith clean-up


Last blog we featured @JamesW_754 heron and dipper photos this week a feasting Kingfisher

Thank you James for letting us share your images - he did also spot the otter this week, but of course it was a day when he did not have a camera - typical